The Grammas Family is a well-known, well-respected Gloucester family. They have been in the restaurant business for three generations. Arthur Grammas owned the Busy Bee on Western Avenue in the early 20th century. Arthur’s son, George, owned the Gull Restaurant, then purchased Lobsta Land. Lobsta Land is now owned and operated by George’s son Corey Grammas and his family.
In the early 2000s, Providenza (Provie) Corey, who was a SeniorCare volunteer, persuaded Corey Grammas to volunteer to deliver meals for SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels Program. Being the compassionate person Corey Grammas is, it was not a hard sell. He saw firsthand the importance of home meal delivery, not just the need for a meal, but the welcomed social visit it provides the recipients. This experience moved Corey to open his restaurant for the first time in 2004, in philanthropic generosity, to support SeniorCare programming. Corey donates the entire cost of the breakfast, his staff and the use of his restaurant, and 100 percent of the proceeds goes toward programming and services.
This helps ensure that the services SeniorCare provides to elders and disabled adults in the nine communities it serves — Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport, Topsfield and Wenham — despite gaps in state or federal funding, can continue. The services help area seniors live more independently at home, and remain a part of each of those communities.
SeniorCare is not the only recipient of the Grammas family’s generosity. Lobsta Land is a local landmark and is dedicated to community involvement. In addition to SeniorCare, the Lobsta Land supports Gloucester Pride Stride, Gloucester Stage Company, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Fishermen Youth Soccer, Gloucester Little League and Wellspring House.
It all started with a volunteering spirit and a desire to contribute. Maybe that is one reason why Lobsta Land is such a beloved part of the Gloucester landscape, and let’s not leave out that their food is excellent. It’s really more than just a place to eat, just as the Meals on Wheels that Corey once delivered are more than just a meal. The volunteer spirit delivers more than a product, or a service. It delivers the message that someone cares.
We are grateful for all the volunteers who give of their time in the service of others. But even if we can’t find time to volunteer, we can contribute to the welfare of others. Because of people like the Grammas family, it’s as easy as taking a friend to breakfast.
This year SeniorCare’s Lobsta Land Breakfast will be Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 7 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $12 and tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.
To purchase tickets or to learn more about volunteer opportunities please call 978-281-1750.