You've probably seen the sign hanging on the outside of the Harbor Place building: "restaurant space for lease.''

Apparently that's about to change.

A new restaurant is coming to the building that has become the centerpiece of downtown. Word is the restaurant is part of an Ohio-based chain called Barrio Tequila and Whiskey.

According to the company's website, it has six locations in Ohio and one in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The lack of a restaurant in Harbor Place has been a haunt to the otherwise active property which replaced the old Woolworth building. That old building was an embarrassment to the city — a crumbling structure that sat vacant for decades before the state invested millions to build Harbor Place about three years ago.


Stumping for Warren

Haverhill state Rep. Andy Vargas was busy last weekend, trying to secure votes for Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.

But Vargas wasn't knocking doors in Haverhill, far from it. He was participating in activities in Manchester, New Hampshire, where Warren, a U.S. senator from Massachusetts is focusing her efforts.

Vargas, a former Haverhill city councilor, is becoming entrenched in the Democratic party


Praying for no (heavy) rain

The closing of Plug Pond beach to swimmers around the Fourth of July holiday has locals who frequent the beach hoping and praying for no heavy rain in the future.

Such rain might cool off things for a hot summer's day, but it can cause swimmers to lose Haverhill's only public beach for days at a time.

The reason: Heavy rain washes pollutants from nearby roads and land into the pond, causing the bacteria count to increase.

And a high bacteria count means swimmers are not allowed in the water.





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