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Longtime Camden restaurant Cappy’s Chowder House closes

Stephen Betts | BDN
Stephen Betts | BDN
Cappy's Chowder House in downtown Camden has closed after 38 years.

CAMDEN, Maine — Cappy’s Chowder House, a downtown mainstay since the 1970s, has closed.

The restaurant, which closed Sunday, will reopen in June as a Shipyard’s Sea Dog pub and eatery, according to an announcement posted on Cappy’s website.

“Thank you to everyone over the past 38 years that has been a part of and supported us,” the website states.

On Wednesday, Sea Dog Brewing Co. confirmed in a news release that it would be “returning to its roots in the heart of downtown Camden” with a Sea Dog brew pub.

The space will undergo improvements but retain the original charm and character of Cappy’s, according to Sea Dog Brewing.

“We’re looking forward to being a part of the Camden community,” said owner Fred Forsley in a news release, “and making the locals proud of the beer that was born there.”

Sea Dog brew pub will continue to pay homage to Cappy Quinn, a man who loved the bay, boats and life.

Cappy’s was located at 1 Main St. in the center of downtown. On Tuesday, restaurant manager David Robichaud referred questions about the closure to Matthew Orne, who purchased the property in 2012. Orne has not responded to phone calls seeking comment.

Cappy’s was owned and operated for more than 30 years by Johanna Tutone until she sold the property and business to Orne.

Camden Select Board Chair John French Jr. said he recalls having Sunday breakfasts at Cappy’s when Tutone ran it.

“They made a good breakfast. The atmosphere was good. This was the spot where local crowds went,” French said.

French said he dined more frequently at the former Village Restaurant which Orne acquired about the same time as he purchased Cappy’s. Cappy’s expanded into the adjacent Village Restaurant in 2013 after that acquisition.

The veteran town leader said he looked forward to the return of a Sea Dog restaurant. Sea Dog operated a restaurant in the former Knox Woolen Mill in Camden in 1993 but that closed several years ago.

 


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