Warwick’s Rocky Point Clam Shack Forced to Close But Will Relocate
A trip to Warwick, Rhode Island on Independence Day was met with heartbreak when it was discovered that the Rocky Point Clam Shack was closed.
Not just closed for the holiday, either. Closed-because-they-have-to-move closed.
The clam shack, which is designed to look like something straight out of Warwick’s beloved but dismantled Rocky Point Park, has been housed for the past nine years in the parking lot of the Ann & Hope Outlet on Post Road.
It kept the tradition alive of Rocky Point’s famous Shore Dinner Hall, serving up fresh seafood – including the park’s beloved clam cakes and red clam chowder, although some argued that it was not quite the same Rocky Point taste.
Now, just like its original namesake, the Rocky Point Clam Shack is a thing of the past – at least for now.
According to WJAR 10, the Saletin Real Estate Group purchased the part of the Ann & Hope Outlet and the parking lot, and opted not to renew the Rocky Point lease.
“They did not give us a specific reason. They only say that they have a different kind of vision about the place,” Ping Hou, who co-owns the clam shack with Rick Roden, told WJAR.
Thankfully, WJAR reported that the owners are hoping to re-open in a new location next summer.
Hopefully, the owners will be able to recreate the same nostalgic feelings at the new location that they did on Post Road. That would mean also relocating iconic memorabilia such as:
– The 1967 Leo the Lion from Rocky Point’s legendary House of Horrors haunted house ride (if only they’d found the Viking)
– The Palladium sign
– Vintage ride cars
– And of course, the original 1961 Rocky the Lobster
We’ll never get to experience Rocky Point Park or its Shore Dinner Hall ever again, but here’s hoping that next summer we’ll be able to at least get to visit the clam shack in a new location and bring back those old memories – and, of course, leaving humming that classic Rocky Point commercial.