Who or what is Pirate Jack? Well, it’s Pirate Jack’s Burger Shack! Pirate Jack’s is taking over the old Oh Sun restaurant next to the Surfside Hotel on Oak Bluffs Avenue, downtown OB. Say goodbye to the tired window boxes and blah food, and say hello to Pirate Jack’s, where you’ll be able to grab a fab bite to eat and some grog (an alcoholic drink), all while enjoying the water and downtown views.
Ed Charter, founder of Arrowhead Homes, is the man behind Pirate Jack’s. He believes that he will be able to break the curse of that particular location which has been a deathtrap for other restaurants. His secret? Fun and delicious, high quality, affordable food.
Pirate Jack’s will be a pirate-themed restaurant. Think of waitstaff in puffy shirts, pirate flags flying, and a the opportunity to buy pirate hats and swords, great for swashbuckling adventures down Circuit Avenue. Just thinking about it all makes me smile. The building even looks like an old ship. All it needs are some cannons below the windows and a figurehead of a beautful woman at the bow.
But make no mistake, though the theme is lighthearted and fun, the food is no laughing matter. We’re talking about burgers made from fresh, daily ground beef, fresh cut fries, Ed’s special fried chicken (influenced by his love of New Orleans), and mouthwatering breakfast. The menu is going to be fresh and simple, and geared towards take-out, but there will be counter seating, so you’ll be able to can enjoy a burger and beer, and take in the atmosphere and the views Pirate Jack’s has to offer.
Half the battle for a restaurant is location, and Pirate Jack’s has a great one. Think about how easy it will be to grab some grub and head to the beach or Ocean Park. Arrr…..it will be great to have a new option for doing just that, and if the food is as good as Ed says, we’ll all be singing Pirate Jack’s praises.
One of the aspects behind the motivation to open Pirate Jack’s Burger Shack is that it is a collaboration between Ed and his son Seth, who really enjoys the restaurant business. What a fantastic way to create a legacy as a family, and you know they’ll never run out of things to talk about. Also, the Charter boys want to offer Islanders and visitors a great place to be able to enjoy a bite to eat year-round, which is the goal.
You may chuckle a bit at all of this because of the pirate theme, but think about it…..how much fun will it be for families and affordable to boot? Also, it’s across the street from the famous Flying Horses, and a skull and cross-bone flag flying from the building would be certain to draw people from the ferry terminal. After all, we are on an island, and who doesn’t love a pirate? So get ready landlubbers to enjoy Pirate Jack’s Burger Shack, opening April 2012.
On a side note, National Talk Like A Pirate Day is my birthday, September 19th!
Stay tuned for more Island happenings………