Barnacle Bob's ready for business

By Caitlin Russell | Jan 30, 2013

After a couple of false starts, a familiar location will be opening its doors with a new owner under the name Barnacle Bob’s.

The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday voted to approve a liquor license and an operating license for the restaurant, located at 2424 Cranberry Highway in West Wareham.

The restaurant most recently operated as Grille 28 and Pomodores before closing last year.

The new owner, Tim Ciaffoni of Wareham, said that his restaurant will stand in contrast to the relatively new development in West Wareham.

“I’m hoping to maintain the atmosphere of old Wareham,” said Ciaffoni. “It is an honor and a privilege to attempt to open the restaurant again.”

The restaurant will serve seafood, and there will be a lounge area where other menu items will be available.

Tuesday's approval came after a series of speed bumps for Ciaffoni.

When he appeared before the Selectmen on Jan. 15 for a public hearing regarding his liquor license, a lawyer for one of the abutters of the restaurant complained about previous owners allowing delivery trucks to block the abutter's access to her property.

The Selectmen delayed an approval of the license, but on Tuesday, Selectman Alan Slavin said there was no reason the board should hold it up.

“Bottom line is, we can’t tell people what to do. It’s a matter between two property owners," said Slavin. "It doesn’t fall under our licensing purview for a liquor license.”

Tuesday was the third time Ciaffoni had appeared before the Selectmen to deal with the license. He had hoped to get it approved at the Dec. 11, 2012 meeting, but was advised that the liquor license of the previous owner had not expired, nor had it been surrendered, and thus the Selectmen's hands were tied.

Liquor licenses expire Jan. 1 if the holder does not seek a renewal, so Ciaffoni was able to get the ball rolling again earlier this month.

Ciaffoni said Barnacle Bob's will be closed on Monday and Tuesday during the winter and spring. The weekday hours will be 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, the restaurant will be open until 11:30 p.m. He said he hopes to extend the hours for the summer season.

Comments (24)
Posted by: Gloria Hanson | Jan 30, 2013 10:16

From Barnancle Bills in East Wareham to Barnacle Bobs in West Wareham? Where does that leave the Barnacle Bills establishment? Seeing that the previous owner of Pomodores, Grille 28 or whatever it was also operated the Barnacle Bills location that ALSO recently closed due to the previous owners inability to properly operate businesses, I'm quite curious, if anyone knows please fill in.

Posted by: Peaches0409 | Jan 30, 2013 10:25

If it's the same guy running it then I won't bother. Barnacle Bill's was filthy inside!  When Grille 28 was there the food was mediocre at best. Hopefully there will be a new chef and someone who will keep it clean!

Posted by: zinzindorff9 | Jan 30, 2013 10:54

I wish them luck but even with the best location in the area I'm afraid the hours will kill them.

Another "fish house?"  When will someone realize that there is no Mexican food served in the southcoast area this side of Swansee, Plymouth.

Even another "Taco Bell" in this area would thrive.

Posted by: Peaches0409 | Jan 30, 2013 11:07

Agreed Zin! I would kill for a good Mexican place :)

Posted by: Doctor Deekas | Jan 30, 2013 12:19

If there are no mexican places, what is the 'Qdoba Mexican Grill' right in Wareham Crossing down the street?

Posted by: Peaches0409 | Jan 30, 2013 12:35

Dr., That's a fast food place cafeteria style place. Good for a quick lunch, hardly a dinner spot.

Posted by: Gloria Hanson | Jan 30, 2013 13:07

While Qdoba is good and has excellent 3-cheese queso, it is no El Mariache's, Sam Diegos or No Problemo, there is no restaurant style atmosphere or alcohol, its a fancier McDonalds.

Posted by: zinzindorff9 | Jan 30, 2013 14:09

Qdoba is a burrito hut only. Would I love it if they would swap locations with Taco Bell on Cranberry Highway.

We are speaking about the whole fare. Enchiladas, Tacos, burritos, tamales, hot and mild salsa, fresh guacamole, beer, wine, sangria.

When asked in this area for a good mexican restuarant, all that is mentioned is the "no problemo," which is on a downtown street in New Bedford with no parking and when you get to their menue it is Qdoba with beer and wine.

A really sad excuse for mexican fare. Why do small towns in western Massachusetts have terrific mexican fare available with  much less latin citizenry?  There are a lot of folks in this area that have been exposed to California and Texas style Mexican restuarants and with "no competition," why would anyone try a new "fish house" with no luncheon time zone?

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Jan 30, 2013 14:49

Qdoba is as lame a sit gets. Moes does the same thing but much better. Good Luck To Barnacle Bobs, would have thought a of a better name if it were my place. Barnacle Spheres would work.


Posted by: Gloria Hanson | Jan 30, 2013 20:13

No Problemo is nothing like Qdoba, everything is made fresh, in front of you. They're welcoming, have local flare, have salsa dance nights, events, etc. Your food is served on a plate and not splattered on a plastic to go tray that tips over as they hand it to you. Yes, its a little more expensive and yes a bad location for parking but it is great compared to Qdoba's generic and we could use something like that around here to spice things up, so to say.

Posted by: totellthetruth | Jan 30, 2013 21:44

What this Town needs is a good  Eastern European restaurant.Potatoes and Cabbage served 299 different ways. LOL

Posted by: Luke Duke | Jan 30, 2013 23:26

TTTT, that's a great idea but we already have an over abundance of methane around here and that may put us over the top!!:)lol

Posted by: sailonset | Jan 31, 2013 08:10

How about an Indian restaurant? Closest are Hyannis and Rehoboth last I checked.

Posted by: totellthetruth | Jan 31, 2013 10:37

Would they take my WAMPUM Card?  lol

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Jan 31, 2013 10:45

What was the name of the owner of Pomodores Restaurant (the business, not the physical property)?

What was the name of the manager of Pomodores Restaurant?

What was the name of the owner of Grille 28 (the business not the property)?

What was the name of the manager of Grille 28?

What was the name of the owner of Barnicle Bill's (the business not the physical property)?

What was the name of the manager of Barnicle Bill's?

Posted by: Peaches0409 | Jan 31, 2013 12:14

Yes Andrea, all the same guy. He left a pile of debt to small business owners in this town! If he is at all involved I urge you all to BOYCOTT! Must be nice to walk about from thousands of dollars is debt and open up under a new name THREE times!

Posted by: Zephyr | Jan 31, 2013 12:47

Then why did the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday vote to approve a liquor license?  What am I missing here?

Posted by: Peaches0409 | Jan 31, 2013 16:01

Zephyr, the owner Tim Ciaffoni  applied for the license. If the previous owner / manager / chef is involved here the I will definately boycott. If Mr. Ciaffoni is opening his this business without the previous guy's involvement then I will go check his new place out and wish him much success!

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Jan 31, 2013 18:25

It is a new owner and not involved with the old. I still like Barnacle Spheres better.

Posted by: Peaches0409 | Feb 01, 2013 10:19

I'm glad to hear that shpere, would hate to see the same guy still involved after failing 3 times. (Pomodores, Grille 28, Barnacle Bills)

Posted by: totellthetruth | Feb 01, 2013 18:10

The former owner Wm. Welch started out at Barnicle Bills, good food,good all around clam joint. He then bought Pomodores, did OK at both places till he started "leasing out" the Barnicle Bills location. What I could never figure out was how he could be listed as the Manager for both locations on the Liqour Licenses. Repeated questions to several BOS members brought either no response or a shrug of the shoulder.

Posted by: EilScul | Feb 02, 2013 15:12

I heard that Barnacle Bills is reopening by the family of The Lobster Pot owners

Posted by: totellthetruth | Feb 03, 2013 14:42

I didn't hear that but it may well be. The Marino Bros. (Lobster Pot) are the family that once ran Marino's Roast Beef in the Brockton area. 

Posted by: shop247 | Feb 06, 2013 12:47

Any word on an actual opening date and are they hiring...

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