Author: Quinn DeMelo, BSU student
Barnacle Bills Seafood located in East Wareham Massachusetts is a family owned restaurant ran by a hard-working duo Husband and Wife. Jennifer and Andrew Mattos, the owners of the restaurant have been in the food industry for many years. They decided to open up their own business on February 13, 2013 and since then been growing every year. The strategy of opening up Barnacle Bills was to target traffic coming from Cape Cod, and tourist visiting beaches around the area. Seafood is what they specialize in, so it was a perfect opportunity for them to start their own business together in this area. Andy is a hardworking man, who has known the seafood industry is whole life. His family owned a seafood restaurant for over 40 years, he grew up working there and learned everything from his family. His dream was to open up his own one day and continue the family tradition.
Starting the business wasn’t easy at all. It took numerous months and dedication to get the business off its feet. The hardworking duo they were able to work through the tough times and together made the restaurant to what it is now. In an interview, I asked Jennifer what was the toughest thing about first opening up the business. She told me commitment was the toughest and still is. Every day that the restaurant is open one of them is there making sure the business is running smoothly. Jennifer and Andrew stay inspired by making their customers happy. Serving customers a good meal and providing a good experience is rewarding for them.
My visit started with the option of dining in the dining room, where a bar is available to sit at to eat of just enjoy a cocktail or a beer from local brewers, or comfortable tables with a large screen TV to enjoy a sports game while you dine. I also had the option to sit outside on the patio that has a walk-up window to order food to go as well. I choose to sit outside to enjoy the good weather and the view. The owner Andy made me samples of their clam chowder, and fried captain’s platter which was huge! It included fish, scallops, shrimp, whole belly and French fries with amazing Cole slaw on the side. I had a sample of the golden chicken tenders and some fresh shrimp cocktail. The food was beyond delicious. The clam chowder had one of the best I have tried yet. Barnacle Bills menu offers many different choices from fried or broiled seafood to nice juicy burgers and fries. The prices will not break the bank for the whole family to enjoy a meal out, this small family owned friendly restaurant will not disappoint.
The owners welcomed me with open arms during their busy day to sit down and do this interview and help me understand all the hard work and dedication that goes into starting and keeping a successful business running. Thank you for your hospitality, amazing food, and friendly welcoming. I’ll be back.