OPEN THURSDAY–MONDAY at 11:30 am for lunch & dinner
The real story behind Bostwick's Chowder House is the story of a friendship. Owners Chris Eggert and Kevin Boles are childhood friends who have recreated in every dining endeavor they've undertaken, an atmosphere that reflects the warmth and longevity of their association. It's a vibe that has largely disappeared from most other East End eating establishments.
At sixteen, Chris began working in the kitchens of a number of the old East Hampton restaurants, the ones the locals frequented year round and savvy summer people discovered, and then wished they could keep secret. Trendy food came and often went, but certain foods were East End classics: steamers, lobsters, fresh local fish, raw bars, good burgers and great fries. Good food at a fair price kept people coming back.
Kevin, whose Irish family owned "old school" pubs in New York City, grew up in an atmosphere very like the old TV show "Cheers," where everyone in the bar knew each other, you called the customers by name and knew what they drank. In 1990, working in the kitchen at Little Rock Yacht Club on Three Mile Harbor Rd., Chris convinced Kevin to come east for the summer to work the bar. After one summer, Kevin never left.
A couple of years later, Little Rock's owner moved on, offering Chris and Kevin the first of many great opportunities. Taking the plunge, they opened their first restaurant, called Bostwick's after one of Chris's favorite fishing spots off nearby Gardiner's Island. Bostwick's concentrated on what the partners loved most in a good local East End restaurant: good food that wasn't fussy; entrees that came with side dishes rather than a la carte; a place where you never had to worry about which fork to use; and great drinks set down on the bar with a welcoming smile.
The Three Mile Harbor location was popular but seasonal, and when an opportunity arose to buy a restaurant with year round potential in East Hampton, the partners jumped at it, opening Santa Fe Junction, a southwestern restaurant, in the fall of 1994. Three years later, with the prospect of a sunset-view waterfront location, the pair moved Bostwick's down the road to the Harbor Marina on Gann Road. In 2007, Chris and Kevin took on a new venture opening a classic tavern, Indian Wells Tavern, named for the popular Amagansett beach. In 2008, Chris and Kevin opened Cherrystone's a casual takeout and dine in seafood shack in what used to be Snowflake, a take out burger and soft-serve ice cream stand. In 2010, their lease expired at their location on the water for Bostwick's Seafood Grill, so the duo decided to continue the legacy they had created for their loyal clientele and moved Bostwick's to Montauk Highway creating Bostwick's Chowder House.
And as their friendship and business partnership has stood the test of time, so too has their staffing. The respect and camaraderie that exists "at the top" makes its way down the line. Year after year, many of the same smiling faces greet you at the hostess stand or deliver your food and drinks.