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Franklin Cafe

Franklin Cafe

118 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Telephone: (978) 283-7888

In 1995 David Dubois was approached by Maureen McLaughlin, one of Boston’s most well known bartenders, with the idea of opening a South End neighborhood restaurant/bar that would reflect Boston’s growing cosmopolitan sense of self. After sixteen months of development and build-out David and Maureen opened the Franklin Café in December of 1996. The restaurants unique ability to combine some of the cities best Modern American cuisine, a great wine list, nine microbrews on tap, with a lively eclectic bar scene made it an instant favorite. This coupled with a full menu served seven days a week until 1:30 a.m. Made late night at the Franklin Café the place to unwind for the staff from many of Boston’s best restaurants. Four years later Maureen fell in love with the northern Massachusetts fishing port of Gloucester. From this their second restaurant The Franklin Cape Ann was born. The Franklin Cape Ann, shortly after its’ opening, was honored with a 2001 Boston Magazine Best of Boston award for “Best New Restaurant-North.” All these years later the Franklin Café and Franklin Cape Ann have become synonymous with consistent quality, value, and a great time as well as bringing these two area-natives local, national, and international accolade and attention. Most importantly to David and Maureen these two restaurants have become a healthy and productive part of the fabric of their respective communities.

Operating Season

Open All Year