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November 17, 2011

Breakfast replaces BBQ in Amesbury

AMESBURY — The smell of fried eggs, sizzling bacon and hot coffee will soon be filling the downtown area as a new breakfast restaurant is expected to open on Friend Street in the near future.

The Morning Buzz Cafe is expected to open its doors in early December, according to co-owner Leslie McAdams, at the former Firehouse BBQ at 37 Friend St., after the Municipal Council earlier this week approved a common victualler's license for what will be an 82-seat, seven-day-a-week eatery.

Morning Buzz Cafe will join long-established breakfast places the Whistle Kettle on Route 110 and the Hollow Cafe, off Main Street near CVS, but could reap the benefits of being very close to numerous apartment buildings, municipal offices and the Friend Street parking lot.

McAdams, an Amesbury native, said the restaurant will be open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Firehouse BBQ co-owner Jeffrey Nahas, who also co-owns the Barking Dog and Grill and the Ale House, shuttered the restaurant in mid-October after about a year in business. He recently closed a rental agreement with McAdams and her longtime friend, Andrea Ethier of East Kingston, N.H.

Yesterday, McAdams and Ethier were busy painting walls and installing a flat-screen television inside their soon-to-be restaurant. McAdams and Ethier said they were hoping to have a soft opening on Saturday, Dec. 3, followed by a grand opening the following Saturday.

The restaurant marks the first time the friends, with more than 35 years experience between them in the food service industry, have ventured into owning a food-related business.

"We're so excited and the people have been awesome," Ethier said.

They are also in the process of accepting applications for waitstaff, cooks and other employees. Ethier said they expect to hire roughly nine or 10 people.

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