Clam King site gets new restaurant on Manchester's West Side
A new restaurant is opening in the former Clam King building on Second Street in Manchester. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Keith Dyer installs a doorway while working on a new restaurant in the former Clam King building on Second Street in Manchester. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
And don’t forget the fried clams.
Co-owner Mike Moran of Auburn was on-site Friday, working on remodeling the Second Street building that was home to Clam King from 1981 until last year, when then-owner Tom Levasseur rebranded the restaurant as CK’s Grill before closing it last December.
A two-tier lobster tank and raw bar are a few features at the new eatery, named the Ipswich Clam Bake Restaurant and Tavern, which is aiming to open before Memorial Day.
“We’re bringing fresh seafood, baked and broiled, really healthy items, to the location,” said General Manager J.P. Quidore.
The restaurant, zoned for up to 150 patrons, will provide a take-out option and a sit-down menu that is about 75 percent seafood.
About 25 of the approximate 40 employees will work full time.
Lunch entrees will run from $8 to $15 with dinners ranging from $14 to $22. Gluten-free items also will appear on the menu.
Last week, a dirt trench awaited new pipes inside. No one yet carted away the booths and chairs from the former restaurant, and the old restaurant sign stood guard over Second Street. A new outside paint job, Cape Cod gray, is slated for Saturday.
The Manchester restaurant also will use a former Connecticut fire truck, converted into a food truck, for catered events, Moran said.
“It kind of found us,” he said.
“New seafood is good,” said the worker, who used only her first name, Nina.
“The flow of people,” she said, helps attracts more customers to her business.
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