Captain Jack’s Roadside Shack closes for winter

Staff Writer
Published: 12/3/2020 12:05:55 PM
Modified: 12/3/2020 12:05:32 PM

EASTHAMPTON – Captain Jack’s Roadside Shack has closed for the season, with plans to reopen next year.

The city eatery, known for its lobster rolls, fish tacos, and thin-cut onion rings, made the announcement on its Facebook page late Tuesday evening.

“We’re coming back to the same spot next year, probably March, and we may have a few more trailers in tow,” reads the post, which was signed by “the crew.”

Kevin Sahagian, who owns the restaurant, said that the colder weather and lack of catering opportunities were behind the decision to close for the season.

“No one’s doing anything,” he said.

Normally, Captain Jack’s is not a seasonal business.

The restaurant moved into a temporary location on the former Cernak Buick property off Route 10 in May because its original location at 232 Northampton St. was temporarily closed due to construction of the new River Valley Co-op location next door. Captain Jack’s has plans to reopen in its original location once the co-op has finished being built.

Sahagian said that the business had a good summer and that the public was appreciative and patient.

“Overall a very good experience considering the situation,” he said.

He also praised the owners of the former Buick dealership as landlords.

“These guys are gems,” he said.

Sahagian said the business will open next year at the Cernak location, and move to its original location once construction has been completed. He said the Cernak spot will have additional food trailers, akin to a food truck park, and may have live music as well. Each of the food trailers will be owned and operated by Sahagian, and he said that one will be a milkshake trailer and another will be a burger trailer.

“That’s the plan,” he said.

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