Rockmore Floating Restaurant Plans to Return to Salem
A floating restaurant may be returning to the Boston area after shutting down three years ago.
Mass. Market is reporting that the owner of the Rockmore in Salem Harbor is finishing up with renovations and looking to gain the necessary permits to open the restaurant, with a possible opening by the end of this month. The article states that the floating eatery will have some changes made to it, including a more limited menu, beer sold in cans instead of on tap, and new rest rooms. In addition, the Rockmore will likely remain open through Halloween instead of closing for the season around Labor Day.
[September 27 update: An article in The Marblehead Reporter indicates that the owner of the Rockmore is still planning to reopen the floating restaurant, though there is no information on exactly when it will be ready to open. Considering that the Rockmore is a seasonal dining spot that would close sometime in the late summer or fall each year, it doesn't appear that the restaurant will open until at least 2013.]
In 2010, federal officials accused the company behind the Rockmore of having another boat called the Hannah Glover dump raw sewage into the ocean. The charges were brought up several months after the Rockmore decided not to reopen for the summer of 2009, and the company ended up paying a settlement of approximately $300,000.
The Rockmore first opened more than 20 years ago, according to Mass. Market.