The Blue Ox

Since its 2009 opening, The Blue Ox, an upscale, casual American restaurant in Lynn, has been celebrated in its neighborhood and surrounding area. Chef/founder Matt O’Neill, a Swampscott native who worked alongside star chefs like Anthony Caturano at Prezza, Barbara Lynch at No. 9 Park and The Butcher Shop, and Mark Chaput of the prestigious Vineyard Golf Club, was determined to build a business that would elevate the culinary scene on his home turf.

The Blue Ox garnered awards and accolades for its signature Sin Burger winning Boston Magazine’s “Battle of the Burger” competition three years in a row and was a critically acclaimed entrant in the South Beach Food & Wine Festival. The concept of affordable, destination dining just around the corner was a huge success. However, after a decade behind the stove, Matt has sold The Blue Ox to his friend and mentor, Anthony Caturano, a lifelong North Shore resident. Caturano owns Prezza ristorante in Boston’s North End and seafood hotspots, Tonno in Gloucester and Wakefield.

Don’t look for major changes. Embracing The Blue Ox’s reputation as a beloved neighborhood gathering spot, Caturano says the menu—and the staff—will remain the same. Even Matt O’Neill will be back for occasional guest chef dinners or maybe just a beer. “They say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” Anthony says. “We have big shoes to fill, but with this team in tow, I’ll be learning from the best.”