The Clam Shack is keeping it all in the family. Mark and Laurie Thomas, the previous owners, sold the restaurant to their kids, Cara LaSalle and Patrick Hyland Oct. 31 after a prosperous year on the island. The couple found that running both The Clam Bake, which is on Fort Myers, and The Clam Shack was becoming to be too much. The couple originally bought the property last year with help from local realtor Tracy Walters.
LaSalle and Hyland who took over the restaurant Nov. 1, are no strangers to the business. The brother and sister team worked with their parents for 10 years after they purchased The Clam Bake in 2005. The siblings have eased into their new transition.
"We had worked out here for awhile with our parents in this location and also in Fort Myers so we knew how everything is supposed to be run," LaSalle said.
Cara LaSalle and Patrick Hyland with their family.
One of the things the siblings have changed since taking ownership is the addition of live music. On Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., The Clam Shack will have a local musician playing out on the patio.
"During peak season, we'll probably do three days a week," Hyland said.
The restaurant will also add additional outdoor seating after receiving the green light from the city Dec. 6. Other than those two tweaks, LaSalle and Hyland are keeping everything the same. All of their seafood is flown in from Boston on a daily basis. Some of their favorite items on the menu are their lobster rolls, fish and chips, crab bisque and lobster bisque.
"Everything is made to order," Hyland said.
The Clam Shack is located at 2407 Periwinkle Way #5. They are open Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m, Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call (239) 472-6882.