Cherry Crest Seafood Market & Restaurant opened in 1985 in this location as a local New England-style seafood market by original owner, Mike Brooks. After a few years in business; flying in fresh fish almost daily and keeping true to the “Back East” style of seafood; Brooks decided to open up the second tier of the operation, which was the restaurant portion of Cherry Crest. Brooks owned Cherry Crest for almost 29 years, creating a staple in the community- a local place you could always count on for a great meal with a smile. Finally, the time came for him to sell. When that time came it was an obvious decision to sell to long time employee and manager at the time Karen Bachel and her husband, Larry.
The next chapter in the Cherry Crest story…
In 2014 the ownership of Cherry Crest changed, but not much else did. Still a family owned, local business who takes pride in being a part of the community! “Yes, Cherry Crest still reels in its signature bevy of succulent seafood – from an Alaskan Halibut broiled in Chablis to a blackened Cajun Catfish to the spicy Thai Shrimp with a chili-orange sauce, scallion, cucumbers, and cilantro served over angel hair pasta. Lest we forget the restaurants specialty Lobster Roll.” – The Villager. It’s our homemade lobster-salad mix with a little red onion, celery, white pepper and lemon juice on a toasted hoagie roll. It is one of our best-selling items and always a good choice!
We at Cherry Crest take pride in the fact that the majority of our employees have been with us for over 20 years. Our Head Chef has been here since the 1990’s, and Armando the gentlemen who always seats you and helps out on the floor has been here for over 25 years. “We’re definitely funky. It’s very unusual and we didn’t want some other owner coming in here who didn’t really get what we are. I don’t know of too many places in town where you can buy live lobsters right out of the tank. We have people from Back East who will come in here and they will pick that lobster clean,” Bachel said. And yes, those lobsters – and everything else – can be taken to go, either prepared or unprepared. About 25 percent of our business is from the market retail end of our two-tiered operation. “I have some people I’ve never seen them in the restaurant, but I see them on a weekly basis coming in to buy fish,” Bachel said. An all-time favorite for many shoppers has been Cherry Crest’s Lobster Clambake for two, complete with easy directions and sides. In addition to our regular menu, we also offer a dine-in Early Bird Special, Monday – Thursday, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Other than the change in ownership, not much else has changed. We still source some of our fish from old fishermen families who we’ve worked with from the very beginning. Second and third- generation fisherman in Boston. The people we get our scallops from are out of New Bedford, Mass. They’ve been there forever; and we will continue to work with them for as long as possible.
After over 30 years, we are fortunate enough to have some of the best customers. Cherry Crest wouldn’t be where it is today with them! We love our old time “regulars” just the same as “first – timers” and we take pride in being a part of people’s stories for generations to come.
We look forward to serving our community for years to come and THANK YOU for continually supporting our family-owned business!
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