With the Buttonhook and the Captain's Wheel closed all winter, the only places to eat were the Patio and Ralph's. Both did a bang up job of serving the community and will continue to do so. Still, a full service restaurant and bar are needed in this, a huge tourist destination. The fate of the Captain's Wheel is still up in the air but it looks like with the stockholders firmly locked in battle that the only winners will be the bank that forecloses on the place.
Having said this, I managed to put a friend in touch with Chan for the lease of the Buttonhook. Kim Gittle, an entrepreneur of distinction, who for many years, kept a trailer in the old Bayview Trailer park and his boat in the water also, has reached agreement with ownership and will open for bar business only this coming Thursday, May 6. We are still putting the kitchen together and will be a week or week and a half until it is set. We were fortunate to have Shawn who managed the kitchen at the Captain's Wheel, as our head cook, with bartenders and waitresses that you will all recognize. The Buttonhook will open at 11:00 am and go until 10:00 pm or later.
It probably doesn't need to be said, but I will anyway. Neither Bob Holland nor Chan will have anything to do with the business, other than to lease the building out. Kim and our staff will compliment Ralph's and the Patio, rather than compete with them. No way in the summer months could these tiny enclaves handle the dinner crowds, or even the bar crowds.
Coming up in May Are the Annuals. Some forty or so revelers that have been coming to Bayview for I think 27 years. The originals are aging, but they now bring their sons and son's-in-law. They will be here the week-end prior to Memorial Day Week-end.While they will undoubtedly choose the waterfront and the patio as their favored venue, we invite them to check out the Buttonhook,too. No longer will the 'hook be just for the tourist trade, but for all of Bayview.