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Chef Ford Fry to open ‘The Optimist’

coutesy of Melissa Libby & Associates

courtesy of Melissa Libby & Associates

Chef Ford Fry of JCT.Kitchen has been working on a new project. In the spring of 2012, he will open two seafood restaurants side by side. The first will be called The Optimist and will serve sustainable seafood prepared in a wood-burning oven.

The second, a more casual spot, will be called Oyster Bar at The Optimist. According to the press release, Oyster Bar will be a “fish camp’” style joint with an outdoor patio and live music. It will be right next door to The Optimist.

Curious about the name? Fry’s father, a sailing enthusiast, suggested it. Apparently, in the world of sailing, “optimist” is also the name of the sailboat, or dinghy, used by children.

914 Howell Mill Road.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

5 comments Add your comment


November 18th, 2011
4:13 pm

Definitely something to anticipate. :-)


November 18th, 2011
10:31 pm

Where? I can’t wait!


November 19th, 2011
6:46 am

Hard Alee!!!


November 19th, 2011
9:47 am

i hope sustainable and wood burning oven doesn’t mean special occasion only for we proud 99%ers. the concept sounds great as does the idea of a fish camp style place though health department rules don’t really allow for the kind of fish camps and barbecue joints that were common in this retirees youth.


November 19th, 2011
4:24 pm

In the meantime, we just happen to be dining at JCT Kitchen this evening. Sure hope they still have fried chicken by the time we get there.