Nico Monday grew up in Alice Waters' kitchen at Chez Panisse surrounded by inspiring chefs and farmers changing the way the community thought about food. Years later, when Amelia came to work in the kitchen at Chez, the two fell in love and cooked together for 6 years before heading east to return to Amelia's home town of Gloucester.
Finding a waterfront rental, they set up shop in the kitchen of a building that had lived on pilings in Lobster Cove for almost 100 years and spent time as an ice cream shop, a fish market, and a breakfast joint. The first year, Nico & Amelia cooked with the ingredients Nico's younger brother, Oliver, had foraged from surrounding farms who were starting up around the same time, building relationships with the local farmers and bringing incredible seasonal vegetables into the kitchen's ever-changing menu. Both Nico and Amelia's brothers served alongside other family and close friends for that first summer as an experimental seasonal restaurant. Since then, we've become part of the Annisquam community and made ourselves at home in Lobster Cove surrounded by neighbors who appreciate eating well.
in 2014 Nico & Amelia joined forces with friends Matt & Howie to open Short & Main, our wood-fired pizza sister restaurant, in downtown Gloucester.
Nico & Amelia brought on Jenny Byrne as their general manager in the 7th season. They originally met nearly a decade ago while working at Chez Panisse. After serving at Charlie Hallowel's Boot & Shoe Service and managing Oakland's Ramen Shop, she finally made the move out to Gloucester in 2014 for what she thought would be a temporary stay. She was quickly captured by the natural beauty of New England and by the passionate people of Gloucester.
The Market welcomes Alexis Harwood to the team as the beverage director in the 8th season. She got her start early in the wine world, growing up in her grandfather's wine shop. Building on over fifteen years of fine dining experience in Manhattan and Western Mass, she has settled in on Cape Ann to thoughtfully curate our rotating craft beer and sustainable wine list.
Each year, more of our once seasonal staff remains on the island year round, and we welcome back an invaluable group of Market veterans for the 2017 season. Every May we perch ourselves on Lobster Cove, awaiting the arrival of our new and returning guests—a sundry of devoted locals and seasonal residents.
We have continued to work tirelessly to cook with exceptional ingredients and partner with small farmers, fisheries, ranchers, and bakeries who are producing food the way it should be: local, seasonal, and sustainable.