For as long as I can remember, my family has been in the restaurant business.
In 1939 my grandparents opened a fish market in the city of Brockton, Massachusetts. My grandfather bought the freshest of fish and ran the fish market while my grandmother would fry the fish. They worked side by side and eventually their business grew. Two years later they opened their first restaurant across the street from their fish market. They named it Lou McMenamyÃÂs Fish Shanty and my grandpaÃÂs slogan was ÃÂThe fish you eat todayÃÂ swam last night in BuzzardÃÂs BayÃÂ and that is where the story begins.
Lou and Lorraine McMenamy had nine children ÃÂ five boys and four girls and there was a job for all of them. As they got older, the five boys all started their own seafood restaurants. My Dad and Mom started their restaurant in West Bridgewater in 1984 and my first recollection of the restaurant was when I was around 4 years old and my brother Dennis was 6.
My parents had us out in the back room making take-out bags. Dennis would put in a knife and a fork and I would add one salt, one pepper and a packet of ketchup. We each got 5ÃÂ¢ per bag and although we never got rich, it kept us busy while my Dad was cooking and my Mom was the hostess.
We progressed from take-out bags to putting cole slaw into three ounce containers. Dennis would fill the cup and I would put the lid on it. Once again, 5 cents per cup. We then advanced to tartar sauce ÃÂ a little more finesse was needed here. We only had a one ounce cup and of course, the lid followed. By the time we were 10 and 12 respectfully...