New Lynn burger palace gets off to a sizzling start


March 16, 2015
By Daphnee Puryear/The Daily Item

The wait is finally over for R.F. O’Sullivan’s, a hamburger emporium and pub that opened its doors for the first time on Saturday.

The opening had a very good turnout, with every chair in the restaurant occupied throughout the day.

“We have been nonstop since 11 a.m.,” owner Robert F. Sullivan said Saturday night.

Sullivan said he bought 400 pounds of potatoes and within a couple of hours he had to go out and buy 200 more pounds.


Robert F. Sullivan, owner of R.F. O’Sullivan’s in Lynn, stands among the opening day crowd Saturday.

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R.F. O'Sullivan's opens
Robert F. Sullivan, owner of R.F. O’Sullivan’s in Lynn, stands among the opening day crowd Saturday.


A Swampscott resident, Sullivan said he gets a lot of South Shore residents at his Somerville location and he hopes to attract North Shore patrons to the Lynn location.

Sullivan said he knows the downtown Lynn area very well and is glad to have his business there. The location, on Central Avenue, was up for bid and Sullivan submitted a bid that was accepted by the city.

“I am aware that this area is up and coming,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan said that the restaurant is known for its burgers. He said they are fresh, handmade burgers that can be cooked any way the customer wants, from rare to well-done.

Many customers were too preoccupied eating to speak, but the ones that did offered positive feedback. Amy Linger of Swampscott was very excited the restaurant was finally open and insisted she would be a regular.

“I’ve been to the one in Somerville so we’ve been stalking this place for the opening,” Linger said. “One of the best burgers I have ever had.”

Linger said she became aware of the new location by reading an article on She said she knows the restaurant has to be good because her friend Robyn is picky and she enjoys it. Linger was happy with the opening and pleased to have a burger spot closer to home.

Matt and Annemarie Moorehouse of Lynn came to the opening to enjoy what they said was a well-deserved date night.

“We haven’t been out in a really long time and decided to try a local spot,” Annemarie Moorehouse said.

She was pleased with the atmosphere. “It feels like you’re in Boston in the North End,” she said.

Sullivan said his success comes from consistency with his food, staff and his friendly clientele.

“I want to make people as happy as my customers in Somerville, but instead of saying we can’t wait to go back to Somerville, they’ll say Lynn,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan said there will be an official grand opening in which the city will be involved. The date has yet to be determined.

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