July 5, 2022

Abby’s Place, New Entry on Essex’s Dining Scene

Putting up the new sign for Abby's Place

Tired of the same old, same old in Essex dining? Then you have to try Abby’s Place. Named for food service entrepreneur, Abby Miner of Essex, Abby’s Place is perched above Essex’s Brewer Dauntless Shipyard, where the old Crow’s Nest restaurant used to be.

But the crows are gone. At the new Abby’s Space restaurant everything is fresh and sparkling, with new tables and chairs, a totally redesigned interior, top of the line new appliances in a redesigned kitchen, a totally new fire protection system and air conditioning throughout the 700 square foot, indoor restaurant space.

Outdoors there is an adjoining restaurant space of 800 square feet for those who prefer their dining “en plein air.” The view looks out at busy boatyard. With both indoor space and the outdoor porch combined, Abby’s Place can accommodate as many as 75 diners.  Off season, when only the inside space is feasible, 35 diners people can be seated at one time.

Abby’s Place, which first opened its doors on August 10, is well on its way to becoming a local favorite. Many times, according to Abby Miner, both restaurant spaces, indoor and outdoor, there is almost every seat taken. In fact, on one occasion the restaurant served 96 lunches over a single lunchtime period.

Prideful Abby Miner at Abby's Place

Presently, Abby’s Place is open for breakfast and lunch on weekdays and brunch on weekends, but not yet for dinners. Dinners are scheduled to begin in late September.

This is the present schedule:

Breakfast is served from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday thru Friday,

Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Tuesday thru Friday,

Brunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

A favorite on the breakfast and brunch menus is “3 pieces of French toast soaked in an orange infused batter cooked to golden brown served with Vermont maple syrup” with a choice of bacon, baked ham or sausage links with fresh fruit at $8.95.

Also, there is an eggs and veggie sauté with tofu at breakfast and brunch at $10.50.

In addition, for breakfast there are special “named” omelets, for persons who were in indispensible in launching the new restaurant. They include the “Earl of Essex,” a corned beef hash omelet, named after Earl Fowler, who stained the tables and chairs of the new restaurant. There is also the “Dauntless,” a button mushroom omelet, named for the landlord, the Brewer Dauntless Shipyard in Essex.

Sparkling indoor setting at Abby's Place

Other signature omelets include: “Cory’s Gold,” a lobster meat omelet, named after plumber Cory Binkowski; “Jason’s Argonaut,” a  meat and Swiss omelet, named after Jason Dickey, right hand man; Denver Hal, a ham omelet with all the trimmings, named for Hal Holcomb, who provided the art works; and Jamison’s Kitchen Sink, an omelet with everything in it, named after dishwasher Jamison Fielder.

There is also a children’s menu with five choices at breakfast, lunch and brunch at $5.95.

Also, very commendably, Abby’s Place has excellent handicap access with a newly build handicap ramp for those with disabilities.

Currently, Abby’s Place does not have a liquor license, but the proprietor expects to get one in mid-September.

The very special ingredient of Abby’s Place is the enthusiasm of its owner, Abby Miner. “I am so excited,” she says, “This is what I have always wanted to do. This is my place,” she says, eyes glistening. “The whole experience has been transformational. I have put my absolute heart and soul into it.”

She continues, “I have taken charge of every aspect – presentation, quality of food, friendliness and professionalism of the staff,” singling out for special mention head waitress Robin Burkhardt.

She is so grateful to those who helped set up the restaurant. “People have come out of the woodwork to help us,” she says. “It is amazing how much help I have received.”

So intense is Abby Miner’s emotion about her new venture, she quotes what one of her friends said. “Abby has found her place with Abby’s Place,” is how it goes.

Frontporch crowd at Abby's Place