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Goodbye Chowder Pot, Hello Blue Canoe Oyster Bar

Longstanding Chowder Pot Pub gets renovated.

Terry Harwood, owner of the Vine Street Café on Shelter Island, has taken over the former on Third Street in Greenport and is calling the place the Blue Canoe Oyster Bar.

But aside from updating the intimate 1970s structure with an unbeatable view of Greenport Harbor and the , he said that not much is changing as far as atmosphere goes.

“We’re keeping the booths and bar where they are, so at first glance it’ll look the same,” Harwood said. “ We’re resurfacing things, replacing fixtures, painting.”

A Greenport establishment for 32 years, Chowder Pot Pub’s former owners Dean Eichorn and Jim Dubovick offered diners a varied menu, from signature chowders to burgers and steaks to local seafood, in a casual atmosphere. Harwood, who has owned the upscale Vine Street for 10 years and began renovations on the Chowder Pot three weeks ago, said he hopes to upgrade menu items.

“We want to serve updated seafood classics and add a raw bar,” he said. “Entrees will start at about 12 dollars for say a burger up to about 46 — we're planning on top-notch food.”

Harwood says he will use as much local produce and seafood as possible, as many local restaurants are doing. He and his wife, co-owner Lisa, came to the North Fork 15 years ago from New York City when he took a job at a hotel corporation. They are now Shelter Islanders and plan to be for quite some time.

“I never knew too much about the North Fork but when you’re here, you fall in love,” he said.

Blue Canoe Oyster Bar is set for a tentative opening on Father’s Day in June.

Ted Sheckler June 01, 2012 at 10:54 PM
here we go another restaurant not for the locals and one for tourists, i smell another Noahs or perhaps Frisky Oyster..... An icon for 32 years and here comes change, sounds a lot like what was once Rhumbline then Blue Islands with a changed menu and stuff and look where that went....
Tom June 02, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Yum yum... $12 burgers...
Lara McNeil June 02, 2012 at 11:25 AM
End of an era.... a little bit sad.
hdhouse June 02, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Very sad. Eaten there for 30 years. A favorite of my grand daughters. Now eating from the "right side of the menu" will emply the month's dining out allocation. Best of luck.
SR June 02, 2012 at 12:41 PM
The food at Chowder Pot was disgusting and I think you all know that. People went for the drinks and the view. It will be a nice change to actually be able to eat there now but in true north fork fashion change is the devil! If it's half as successful as Vine Street it will be a hit. For those of you wanting cheap burgers there is always Big City burger in Mattituck with 3 lovely seats overlooking a busy parking.
eileen June 02, 2012 at 01:29 PM
My family will miss the Thursday night clam bakes! Always was a nice time
indy June 02, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I know, it should be called the Ted Sheckler Oyster Shackler Emporium or sumpin.
Michelle M June 02, 2012 at 02:08 PM
This is great. Vine has a great vibe. I just hope they don't go upscale like vine. More in the $12 - $25 range please. Also wine for $6-10. And please let my little dog sit with me outside! For everyone who bemoans chowder pubs loss every time I went there to drink no one was eating so clearly they didn't have enough fans or provide a good enough product to keep the place open. It's a business not a not for profit. Be happy money is coming into the community that pays for beautiful upkeep of Greenport.
Uncle Paul June 02, 2012 at 10:30 PM
It was a great family place, I'll miss all the kids running around and dancing to the music
John Alex June 03, 2012 at 09:04 PM
disappointed every time I've been to the Chowder Pot...Hopefully, this is an upgrade in quality.
John Alex June 03, 2012 at 09:05 PM
agreed...food always sucked.
Ted Sheckler June 06, 2012 at 03:54 PM
oh Uncle Paul and Chippy!! Lil Yimmy!!
North Fork fisherman June 08, 2012 at 10:01 AM
Have to say i will miss the Thursday night events but good luck to the new place.
Brian Konner June 12, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Greenport needs jobs, and like it or not - if this new ownership can give locals a way to make money from those passing thru town, it sounds like a win for everyone. If the previous owners had cared as much about their patrons as the patrons (apparently) seem to about them, we wouldn't be having this dialogue. And -The North Fork is not exactly devoid of family friendly (read: inexpensive) restaurants...

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