Can You Name This Old, Uh, Restaurant?

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Gothamist ran this old Sheepshead Bay photo today, drawn from the city’s Municipal Archives, and captioned “Sheepshead Bay Restaurant, Emmons Avenue, August 5, 1953.”

Well, it looks a heckuva lot more like a bait-and-tackle and rowboat rental shop – and it also looks like it’s older than 1953 – but, hey, back then some of Sheepshead Bay’s old staples sold you a plate o’ clams for your gullet and a bucket of worms for the fishes’.

So, anyone recognize this place? If not a name, could you give it a location? Or, better yet, anyone know the bloke in the photo?

  • Georgia

    A wild guess the Barge on Emmons Avenue. I think it was accross the street from Lundys

    • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

      There was a “Barge Restaurant” in the 80’s, but not in the spot you mention. I believe it was where Il Fornetto is now, or right next to it.

      • http://www.chickenunderwear.com Chicken Underwear

        Il Fornetto was an Arthur Treacher’s Fish and chips.  I worked there, but that might have been the 70’s

        • http://www.chickenunderwear.com Chicken Underwear

          She said that Lundy’s used to be on a pier?  -__-

          • Georgia

            Yes it was around 1920 then he builded accross the street later on in the 30’s.

  • http://www.chickenunderwear.com Chicken Underwear

    Gimme till Friday.  That is when I will see my 80 year old Mother in law.  She lived in Brighten or Sheepshead Bay her entire life.  Needless to say, I will have to print the photo, :)

  • http://twitter.com/ologhaiofmordor Olog-hai

    Georgia is correct. Gothamist did a terrible job here. If you go to the Municipal Archives Online Gallery and search for “Sheepshead,” a bunch of different photos of the same area come up. 

    This appears to be the actual restaurant with the rowboats shop in the background:http://i.imgur.com/18MCy.jpg(Note: I rehosted the image at Imgur because the MA’s URLs are crazy long.)Here’s a much sharper version of the photo in the original post:http://i.imgur.com/zC5sD.jpg If you want to save or share the best possible versions of MA photos, use the method described in this post:http://www.subchat.com/read.asp?Id=1154396

    • http://twitter.com/ologhaiofmordor Olog-hai

      Ugh. Disqus removed a bunch of my line breaks. I hope the new Disqus 2012 version won’t do stuff like that. The Barge photo is here: 
      http://i.imgur.com/18MCy.jpg

    • Georgia

      Thank you I was born & raised in this neighborhood I recall a lot of things like anyone else. As a little girl I remember that little building in back of the barge resturant.

  • nolastname

    Stella Maris?

    • Georgia

      The row boats were great I remember my father tought me how to use an out board motor lol

      • nolastname

        My first row boat on sea water was in 1963, I mainly remember complaining about the heat. LOL In the late 50’s I remember Prospect Park there were some low hanging trees for shade.

        • Georgia

          Yup those were the good old days lol

  • Stutag

    This is much older than 1953..Probably late 30’s or early 40’s.
    At the bottom there is another picture of the BARGE Restaurant.
    I remember it well…  I would probably guess that it would have been a little further East of where IL Fornetto is now.

  • us citizen

    I think the bloke is Alfred  Hitchcock

    • Brooklynpetey

      The gangplank?