By Lisa Cavanaugh
Photography by Julia Cumes
Wellfleet Harbor Seafood Company, which owns the Mac’s Seafood family of restaurants, has taken over the venerable Chatham Fish & Lobster business. In addition to operating the wholesale distribution end of the company, Mac’s Seafood has also reimagined the popular Route 28 fish market and deli. “The big shift is that we have converted the old left-hand side to a full-service restaurant,” says owner Mac Hay. The renovated interior features a new kitchen and a full raw bar with native-grown oysters and clams, ceviche, crudo and poke.
With indoor seating for 50 and an outdoor patio, the new “Mac’s CF & L” is an appealing destination to grab a beer or glass of wine, a dozen oysters and enjoy seafood favorites like lobster rolls and fish ‘n’ chips. “We are sticking to the staples of what people expect at a summer place, but also have lobster gnocchi, kung pao cauliflower and larger plates like whole fish on our menu,” says Hay. “These items have been successful in our other restaurants and we feel like we have found a winning formula that works.”
Mac’s Seafood: Chatham Fish & Lobster Co.
The Cornfield Marketplace
1291 Main St., 508-945-1173
The market continues to sell the fresh fish locals have come to rely upon. “We have such high quality from our own wholesale fish company and we want people to know they will be getting the same great product under the name they recognize,” says Hay. “We were excited to take this on, and we will be looking to create a balance with the restaurant and the market year-round,” he says. “We like to keep things simple and delicious and we hope to build on that reputation.”