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Legal C Bar opens Thursday in Hingham's Derby Street Shoppes

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  May 22, 2013 01:32 PM

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One of the entrees, the New England Lobster Bake (38.95), features lite clam chowder , steamed clams and mussels, grilled chouriço, corn on the cob, and a steamed 1-1.25 lb. lobster

The much-awaited Legal C Bar planned for Derby Street Shoppes will open this Thursday for a "soft opening" meant to introduce customers to the Legal Sea Foods bar-centric chain.

The bar has been preparing to enter the Hingham market since Jan. 1, when Jasper White’s Summer Shack closed up shop.

Renovations to the building have been ongoing since then, and the contemporary venue is preparing to fling open the doors to the 6,5000-square-foot space Thursday evening.

According to a company spokesperson, the bar is a similar concept to the well-known Legal Sea Foods chain, but is a more casual.

Even with the focus on the bar, company officials say the restaurant is still family-friendly.

“They have a great kids program and have won awards for their kids menu,” a spokeswoman said. “Everything they do is catered to family friendly. This just has a bit more of a bar scene.”

This will be the third Legal C Bar for the region, following outposts at Legacy Place in Dedham, and Terminal B of Logan International Airport.

Hingham’s location will be fairly consistent with other Legal C locations, all with the same menu. Manned by chefs Rich Vellante and Steve Ernst, dining options feature items that can be shared, but still feature favorites from the Legal menu as well as traditional dining choices.

However, there will be some signature drinks exclusive to Hingham. In total, 19 signature cocktails, based on classic libations, will be available for guests.

Unlike the usual Legal Sea Foods, which feature individual tables in different sections of the restaurant, the Legal C concept will feature a more open floor plan. While separated into a bar room and a dining room, some tables lie between the two.

“[Customers] can have a formal dining or causal bar experience,” a spokeswoman said.

In total, the restaurant will have 195 seats – approximately 34 at the bar, four at the raw bar, 60 at low tables, 80 at high tables, and 18 at three community tables.

Once completely up and running, the restaurant will be open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and until midnight on Saturdays and 10 p.m. on Sunday. However, the soft opening on Thursday and Friday, will only feature dinner service.

Lunch service will begin Saturday.

Several menus, including those for gluten free, lunch, and take-out are offered. To view the dinner menu, click here

For more information, call 781.556.0010 or visit

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