Blue Point Restaurant Opens New Chapter at Acushnet – New Bedford Guide

If you are a fan of Blue Point Restaurant on social media, you may have noticed that there has been a flurry of activity recently. If you’re a regular, you may have seen a few new faces at the bar or working in the kitchen. One of those people is Juan Gomez, who is actually going back to his roots as the new chef/co-owner of Blue Point. Years ago, Juan started working in the kitchen alongside longtime owner David Riccardi. After venturing out to carve his own path and culinary career, he returns to a place that launched his journey. For the past few years, Juan has been Knuckleheads’ head chef, but when an opportunity presents itself, you have to take a leap of faith. The other half of this dynamic team is Natasha Silva, who brings her own restaurant experience as a bartender and house manager. It’s his presence you see on social media and his drive to reach and engage new fans of the amazing food Juan will create.

The blue point is a unique opportunity, both a hidden gem and a local favorite. Based on past interactions and a feature we did on Knuckleheads a few years ago, we know the quality of food Juan offers. Speaking with David, he’s delighted to be able to stay on board in the kitchen while passing the torch to a new generation who revere the place and the customers as much as he does. A big change; David can finally enjoy a Sunday off for the first time in 30 odd years.

One thing that won’t change are all the favorites you’d expect from the regular menu. Prime rib, chicken Marsala, veal parmesan, they’re not going anywhere. Every day, you can expect to see new specials that might end up on the permanent menu. Popular additions include: Carne Espeto, Clam Cakes, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Grilled Swordfish, and Madeira Chicken! Mouth watering?

A big change is in the hours, they will stay open later and open for lunch on weekdays on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Check out these weekly specials: On Tuesdays, buy two pizzas and get one half price; and Wednesday, all-you-can-eat fish and chips every Wednesday, all day for $14.00 (with the purchase of a drink)

Here are their current hours of operation:
Tuesday – 4:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
• Wednesday-12:30 p.m.-8:30 a.m.
• Thursday – 12:30 p.m.-8:30 a.m.
• Friday and Saturday – 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
• Sunday-11:30-8:00

The story of The blue point is fascinating. The main dining room of the Blue Point Restaurant is an original Worcester dining car, built at the Worcester factory in the 1930s. It was delivered by rail to New Bedford and opened as The Blue Diner Point Restaurant Eat-At BarDeluxe in 1939. Many of the restaurant’s patrons worked at the nearby Wamsutta Mills. When the mills closed, the restaurant ended up doing the same. In the 1960s, a man from Acushnet bought it and moved it to its current location.

The restaurant (now restaurant) has been owned and operated by David and Lysa Riccardi since 1989. Blue Point Restaurant the chef/owner, David Riccardi, has over 30 years of experience in American, Italian and French cuisine. Now a new chapter begins and Juan and Natasha will help write the next 30 years of history.

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