New Year, New Culinary Options in the Mill City


It has often been said that you can dine around the world just by walking down the street in Lowell.  Two new businesses celebrating their ribbon cuttings this week certainly served as a case in point.


State Senator/City Councilor Edward Kennedy

On Thursday, February 7th, State Senator, City Councilor, and Former Mayor Edward Kennedy joined the city’s economic development office and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce the ribbon cuttings at Panela Restaurant (7 Hanover St) and Powerhouse Juice (120 Merrimack St).

Kennedy, who attended many a ribbon cutting during his time as mayor, showed he still knows how to expertly wield a pair of over-sized scissors.



First up was Panela, a new Colombian eatery tucked away on Hanover St (a short street alongside the Western Canal between Market and Merrimack Streets).  Although it can be easy to miss, particularly with the ongoing construction work on the canal and the Market St bridge, Panela is truly a hidden gem in Lowell’s Acre neighborhood.

DSC_0502The restaurant’s name is inspired by panela, unrefined whole cane sugar, which is a staple of Colombian cooking.   Fittingly, panela is one of the top ingredients in their offerings which provides a modern take on the traditional flavors of Colombia.

The brother-sister co-owners of the restaurant, Juan Acevedo and Viviana Duque were both students of Joyce Samaras, the mayor’s wife, at Lowell High School.


Viviana Duque and Juan Acevedo talk to Maria Dickinson of the Economic Development Office

The walls of Panela are adorned with beautiful murals inspired by Colombia.


Senator Kennedy presented the owners and staff at Panela with a citation from Mayor William Samaras, congratulating them on their new business in Lowell’s vibrant and historic Acre neighborhood.


Panela Restaurant is open 6 days a week (all except Monday), with early breakfast hours available on Saturday and Sunday.  Check out Panela on Facebook for more information.


After celebrating the opening of Panela, the group took the short trip down the street to 120 Merrimack St where Powerhouse Juice was also celebrating its ribbon cutting.


Powerhouse Juice is the first cold pressed, organic, and made to order juice bar in Middlesex County.  Owner Heather DeBerio and the team strive on producing one of a kind juice and smoothies using locally sourced and organic produce. Smoothies at Powerhouse Juice have no fillers, purees, ice, sorbet, ice cream, frozen yogurt and no unhealthy sweetener—just 100% pure fruits and vegetables.



The menu also includes flatbreads, salads, sandwiches and more.

DSC_0537.jpgIn Winter 2018, Powerhouse Juice enrolled in Entrepreneurship for All’s Business Accelerator program. They supplied the mocktails for guests at EforAll Lowell-Lawrence’s Locally Yours Gala in November.


EforAll Staff joined in the celebration.  Mayor Samaras visited EforAll last month

Shortly after completing the accelerator program they worked with the Lowell Economic Development office and the Lowell Plan in opening a storefront in Downtown Lowell.

They are now the third EforAll graduate to hold a ribbon cutting in the City of Lowell during the term of Mayor William Samaras.



Panela Restaurant is open 6 days a week (all except Monday), with early breakfast hours available on Saturday and Sunday.


Senator Kennedy presents the mayoral citation to Powerhouse Juice


Powerhouse Juice is open 7 days a week, Monday-Saturday from 9-5:30, and on Sunday 9-2.  For more information visit


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