On opening day at Overton’s in Norwalk, co-owner Mike Gavrielidis hauled up a bucket of clams and cracked it open. 

Extra recent seafood sat behind an outsized fridge door, bread buns have been stacked tall overhead on storage carts and ice cream in a dozen flavors sat in a buzzing cooler. Staff manned their stations and some prospects waited in line on the order window for his or her seafood lunch. As orders got here in, Mike took to the grill, putting big clumps of lobster meat and claws onto the recent floor. He layered buns with butter so that they’d be toasted on the within, gentle and chewy on the skin.

Late winter storms had delayed a hopeful early-March opening date for Overton’s Seafood, which sits proper on the water, so the Gavrielidis household was particularly desperate to kick off the seasonal restaurant’s seventy fifth 12 months in enterprise Friday. 

“Everyone will get excited when Overton’s opens, as a result of they really feel spring is right here,” mentioned Carol Gavrielidis.

John “Neil” Overton, the former owner of Overton’s Seafood Stand, scoops his homemade chili onto two hot dogs. Overton died Aug. 8, 2018.

John “Neil” Overton, the previous proprietor of Overton’s Seafood Stand, scoops his home made chili onto two scorching canines. Overton died Aug. 8, 2018.


Overton’s has been a convention in East Norwalk since 1948 when Willis Overton based the Seaview Avenue restaurant with an off-the-cuff menu of fried seafood, scorching canines and hamburgers. Willis’ son, Neil, later took over the enterprise and finally bought it to the Gavrielidis household in 2000. He had one situation, although: that his household’s legacy would not finish when the property modified fingers.

“He mentioned if somebody was going to knock it down, he would not promote it to them,” Carol informed The Hour in 2008, because the restaurant marked its sixtieth anniversary.

A meal from Overton's in Norwalk.

A meal from Overton’s in Norwalk.

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On the 75-year mark, little has modified, she mentioned, save for up to date gear and reconstruction that occurred after Hurricane Sandy broken a part of the property in 2012. Company nonetheless arrive by the carload — or by boat, as Overton’s has a dock — for fried shrimp, complete stomach clams, cheeseburgers and scorching canines with housemade chili, and eat at picnic tables overlooking the water. The clouds within the sky didn’t carry big crowds to the opening day, however Mike mentioned when the solar comes out enterprise simply goes loopy.

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