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Oyster bar and chophouse, Leaky Pete’s, opens door

(June 11, 2015) The wait for Leaky Pete’s is almost over, as the new Berlin restaurant continues a string of soft openings en route to a formal opening date expected during the next few weeks.
Owner Terry Feehley brings a solid pedigree to the oyster bar and chophouse, having worked 5,000 hours under a certified executive chef at Renaissance Harbor Place Hotel during his tenure at Anne Arundel Community College and earning “Chef-Apprentice of the Year” honors upon his graduation in 1995.
Feehley also served as executive sous chef at Oriole Park at Camden Yard before moving on to open his own restaurant, the original Leaky Pete’s, in Cambridge five years ago.
Opening in Berlin was not originally the plan, but the veteran chef said he’s excited about the opportunity.
“I was looking to go down to the beach actually, and a friend of mine mentioned that this place was available,” he said. “When I looked at it I liked it, and here we are. It’s a beautiful little town.”
The concept behind the restaurant, Feehley said, is to serve different kinds of oysters, from wild harvested to farmed, with the latter finding favor because of its sustainability.
“I like the sustainable product and we try to support it,” he said. “I like it with fish, I like it with shrimp. They haven’t figured out how to do it with crabs yet, but they’ll get there.”
Six types of oysters are available on a sushi-bar-like menu, priced “per each,” along with top neck clams, lobster claws, Jonah crab claws, oyster and clam shooters and shrimp cocktail.
Leaky Pete’s heavy emphasis on seafood also shows up with dishes such as baked rockfish, scallops au gratin and lobster mac and cheese, while there also will be 16-ounce grilled “cowboy” steaks and chipotle pork chops. The bar will feature local craft beer, as well as a large selection of white, blush, red and bubbly wines.
“We’re supporting a lot of local, Eastern Shore brewing companies,” Feehley said. “Right now we have Fordham out of Delaware, Evo, Burley Oak, 3rd Wave and Assawoman Bay. We also have Natty Boh, and I’m doing an Allagash White out of Maine that’s a real good, drinkable beer.”
Feehley is betting heavily on Berlin, going as far as closing the Cambridge operation.
“We’re going to focus our efforts here in Berlin and see how it goes,” he said. “We haven’t officially opened, but we’re probably going to do a grand opening in about two weeks. We did a soft opening last weekend and it wasn’t bad. The blues festival got rained out, but we did okay.”
The restaurant is hiring. For more information, call 410-973-2311, or visit Leaky Pete’s at 119 North Main Street.