Kababapalooza Underway at The Loft

North Andover's favorite barn-looking restaurant wants you to try their kababs.

is a living piece of history right on Route 125 in North Andover. Located in a 160-year old structure, this restaurant began taking shape back in 1978.

Owner Jim Dietz bought the place after it was renovated and it has become one of the Merrimack Valley’s most popular steakhouses.

Since then it has been home to many popular dishes including Lobster Mac & Cheese, Baby Back Ribs, Orange Chicken, and so much more.

The Loft is also one of North Andover’s most famous restaurants having been featured on shows like the Phantom Gourmet and in countless other local publications.

Need a new reason to check out the loft? Well here are three:

1. Kababapalooza

“We just bought a vacuum marinater,” said owner Jim Dietz. “It marinates the meats under pressure,” he explained.

“It sucks out all of the air of the container, we put in the meat and the marinade, and it tumbles for about 20 minutes under 25 pounds of negative pressure and the meat acts like a sponge and absorbs all the flavor,” Dietz continued.

“We’re calling it Kababapalooza,” Dietz said. “We’re doing Chinese roasted pork, beef sirloin tips, bourbon tips, and a lemon pepper chicken,” he added.

“We’re doing them on skewers kabab style so you get to mix and match how you want them,” he concluded.

Check out The Loft’s Facebook page to see the vacuum tumbler in action.

2. Live Music

Back on April 20, the Loft added "Live Music Fridays" to their repertoire.

On Friday nights, you can see some great local acts perform at the steakhouse. Previous performers include Sonic Boomers, Jack Crane and Bob Desmaris, and The Mystic River Band.

3. Hardware

Owner Jim Dietz is proud of his restaurant and so is the Merrimack Valley Magazine.

“We just won the Merrimack Valley Magazine award for best Steakhouse,” said Dietz.

Check out The Loft’s entry on the Merrimack Valley Magainze website by clicking here.

The Loft is open daily. Monday through Thursday it remains open until 10:30pm. They’re open until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays they close at 9pm.


Have you been to Kababapalooza yet? Tell us in the comments!


Do you own or manage a restaurant? Would you like to see your featured or most popular dish in this column?

If so, send an email to jay@jayoza.org. Please include ingredients, the price, and a photo of the dish.


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