Captain Bills Restaurant

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  • The history of Captain Bill’s dates back to the late 1920’s when there was a simple 24′ by 24′ wooden structure standing at the foot of Ocean Avenue and run by the Boatmen’s Association. Fishing party boats were run out of the building. One of the original boatmen, Captain Bill Eccleston would travel to neighboring towns selling fish and clams, blowing a bugle horn to announce his presence. Captain Bill was a legend in the area and quite a salty character. He eventually bought the wooden structure, started a small clam bar and named it after himself.

    Captain Bill sold the clam bar in the early 1950’s to Sophie and Carl Abendroth who eventually renovated the building and built what is now the main restaurant. In the late 1950’s, Carl and Sophie purchased the building next door as a catering hall, calling it the Anchorage. In 1982 Carl Anton purchased the marina, restaurant and catering hall, however the property was put into receivership in the late 1980’s. After several attempts by different groups to turn Captain Bill’s into a successful business, its doors were shut for several years until a local real estate investor, Lou Modica, purchased the property.

    In 1998, current owners, Peter McCarthy and Michael Korb, approached Modica about reopening the historic landmark. After a multimillion dollar renovation, Captain Bill’s reopened its doors in June of 1998. One year later, the Anchorage was renovated and renamed The Bayview House, accommodating larger parties and waterfront weddings. After 13 successful years, Peter and Michael continue to manage and direct the day to day operations at this historic waterfront landmark, employing 100+ local staff.

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  • 1 Review on “Captain Bills Restaurant”

    1. Brett Pasternack Captain Bills Restaurant

      I really enjoyed the seafood at the wedding I attended here. Nice views of the harbor.

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