Wendy Saver and David Rockwood have never done anything according to some long-range plan. They were living on a tugboat in Boston Harbor when they heard that a space in an 18th century building in the shipyard (left) was available for lease. They filled half a dozen dumpsters with things left from a caterer who had been working there -- the guy had 13 freezers because he supplied food to jails (let's not get into the issue of expiration dates here).
So the couple, who had owned two popular Emma's pizza locations in Cambridge, became restaurateurs again and opened Scup's in the Harbor. The name Scup's came from a small dog that Rockwood rescued from the harbor who had such sharp teeth his new owner thought he was a fox.
Now because of medical issues, Saver and Rockwood are selling the restaurant. They closed this winter and will not reopen this spring. They're in a working industrial shipyard. Workers who have been outside since dawn appear at 9 a.m., when Scup's opens. They call this their "lunch," says Rockwood. They come again at 11 a.m. for a second lunch. Saver does night duty, when Rockwood's son, Dave, is in the kitchen.
Here is Rockwood's pitch about the 2-year-old spot: "The sale comes with everything in the shop, our mailing list, our recipes, our goodwill. Dave would love to help the new owners and stay on.
"We spent all winter buffing, cleaning, improving. It has a wine and beer license. It's a turn-key. It's the only place in Boston Harbor that has dock space assigned to us. People can come by boat. A friend says he leaves Scituate Harbor, comes up to Scup's, loops around, and goes home."
Cheap Eats gave Scup's in the Harbor a glowing review, and Yelpers praised it. "People came in right from the airport," says Rockwood. "This would be their first stop." They might tell him that they flew in from LA or they're tourists just off a plane from Ireland.
The best way to visit Scup's was via City Water Taxi, which costs $10 and leaves from New England Aquarium or Long Wharf. As the boat pulls away from land, you see Boston in all its glory. Then you dine well, and return to the city by water.
Whoever gets this gig has a built-in fan club.
Me among them.
For more information call Dave Rockwood at 617-230-2462.
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