Posted by boston.com November 12, 2013 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Peter Minasian:
This November, Turner’s Seafood family, brothers Jim, Joe, John Jr. & Chris, are bringing four generations of experience, expertise and their passion for all things seafood to Salem, opening an authentic New England seafood restaurant and market in storied Lyceum Hall on Monday, November 18th. Turner’s Seafood at Lyceum Hall expands their culinary footprint adding to their Melrose restaurant grill and market, and up to Cape Ann for their seafood plant and market. Diners will experience the restaurant’s signature seafood cuisine, a lively oyster bar and Salem’s first fresh, locally- sourced seafood market.
“Over the past five years we were casually looking for a very special space to offer our seafood dining and fresh-catch market in the heart of the North Shore. The first time I walked through the Hall I imagined a time past, a true seafood eatery with classic fish and chips prepared the way they should be,” recalled, Jim Turner, owner, Turner’s Seafood, “The genuine seafood model and quality standards that define our Melrose restaurant are the experiences our dining guests and market customers will have with us in our new Salem home, and more.”
As stewards of Lyceum Hall, the Turner family’s seafood heritage and appreciation for the region’s history culminates in a seamless fit between restaurant and the Hall’s architectural bones, influencing their thoughtful approach to the design in developing a welcoming environment, partnering with the esteemed Boston architectural firm, Niemitz Design Group. Dining guests will find familiar amenities long-valued along with new spaces to experience.
Executive Chef Yale Woodson, with a rich background in the culinary arts, especially the sea’s bounty, leads a kitchen team whose menu centerpiece will be a creative mix of appetizers and entrees from Turner’s authentic New England seafood classics paired with Chef’s interpretive culinary spirit for blending available foods of the moment.
“Our team selectively sources and prepares food to please the full range of the senses, stimulating, and striving to create a memorable seafood dining experience for our guests … every visit,” explained Yale Woodson, executive chef, Turner’s Seafood.
And, it all begins very early each morning. Jim Turner and his team inspect and pick from dayboats’ fresh-catch in historic Gloucester and Boston Harbors, immediately coming to their Gloucester seafood plant where it’s expertly handled and processed to demanding quality standards. Within hours, Turner’s delivers fresh seafood to market, arriving in Salem & Melrose ready for market customers and dining guests…minutes to Gloucester.
“We are privileged to continue the Hall’s heritage as a public gathering place for engaging conversation and the finest in hospitality,” noted, Jim Turner.
What began the Turner Family’s heritage in the seafood business when James F. Turner’s emigrated from St. John’s Newfoundland in 1920 to start a career on the Boston Fish Pier, today is the province of the Turner brothers, building on their family’s earned reputation for integrity and quality as the most trusted name for New England seafood. The 2013 opening of Turner’s Seafood at Lyceum Hall joins Turner’s Seafood Grill & Market in Melrose offering an authentic New England seafood experience. The family’s Gloucester business includes a third seafood market, and processing plant. In 2010, Turner’s Seafood expanded digitally with Turner’s Dock-to-Door Seafood Market shipping fresh seafood overnight from Gloucester throughout the continental USA. Turner’s deliver on their mission everyday …”to serve you the freshest, best tasting seafood you’ve ever eaten”.