About the Clam - How the Bearded Clam Got its Name!
Wesley Rose fondly remembers those fun-filled, groovy times traveling in his early years. The restaurateur named his newly opened Bearded Clam Waterfront Restaurant after the roadside catering trucks where amateur surfing competitors could grab a bowl of fried noodles after a tournament. Often referred to by locals as “bearded clam” surf shacks, they provided a laid-back, island-time vibe, served simple foods and attracted fun-loving people.
But surfers weren’t the only people hooked back then. Rose recently met a man from Brunswick, who stopped into his Georgia restaurant, Lucky Dawgs, while in town for a motorcycle rally. He showed her a picture of an old logo of a clam man that he wore back in the 1970s, explaining that most of the bikers he knew each had their own version and suggested that he should adapt one for the Bearded Clam restaurant he was opening in Sarasota.
Perhaps the clam man was inspired by the arrival of the 1978 Bearded Clam-Bar in Ocean City, MD., a well-known biker hangout where one can stop in for a beer and a game of billiards. The concept has since spread to other locales, such as the Bearded Clam in Kimberling City, Missouri and the Bearded Clam Raw Bar & Grill in Pompano Beach, Florida.
“I created my own reggae clam man for the laid back environment and entertainment (click on Event tab) our restaurant offers,” Wesley explained.
Now, the Bearded Clam has become synonymous with a place to go to relax with a beer and a fresh clam strip sandwich. The Bearded Clam Waterfront Restaurant captures the essence of the adventurers’ (be it a biker, surfer, boater or parent with kids) that need to take a load off, relax and have a great meal.
The restaurant even features a sun deck and outdoor heated swimming pool for diners, a pet-friendly tiki bar, award-winning cuisine, waterfront seating and boat dockage. Chillin’ moms and dads can enjoy their lunch while their kids draw within view on the chalk walk outside.
In the spirit of those island-time surf shacks that Wesley remembers from his youth, I am proud of my Sarasota waterfront restaurant; I think you will be too.