Greenport’s iconic waterfront restaurant Claudio’s opens this week for its 144th season of serving local seafood and cheer on the North Fork.
America’s oldest same family-owned restaurant, in business since 1870, Claudio’s begins welcoming diners for another summer on Thursday, April 10. Their grand reopening party is scheduled for 4–6 p.m. the following day, Friday, April 11. The event will include beer and wine for $1.44 to mark the season, as well as free hors d’oeuvres and live music from Norm Vincent from 5–8 p.m.
Claudio’s founder Manuel Claudio came to Greenport aboard the Portuguese whaling ship “Neva” in 1854 and set sail on whaling expeditions from the village over the next 16 years. Eventually he earned enough to leave the difficult life at sea and open Claudio’s Tavern, which has remained in the family to this day. The bar/restaurant survived Prohibition as a speakeasy under Manuel’s nephew from Portugal Frank Claudio, and Bill Claudio Sr. followed him, running the establishment for another 50 years until 1990, when the fourth (and current) generation of Claudios took the helm.
The Claudio’s building is on the National Register of Historic places, and it’s loaded with storied vestiges of the past. In 2012, Claudio’s earned the distinction of America’s longest running same-family run restaurant by the National Restaurant Association.
Drop by the restaurant this weekend and get a glimpse of true East End history while enjoying some excellent food and drink, including delicious lobster rolls, baked and raw clams, and many more seafood dishes.
Along with Claudio’s restaurant, the family owns Claudio’s Marina, Claudio’s Clam Bar and Crabby Jerry’s.
Claudio’s is located at 111 Main Street in Greenport. Call 631-477-0627, claudios.com.