Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant
14 Ivy Home Road, Hampton, VA 23669
1984 Krabba, p. 184 Thursday, June 21, 2007, 12:28 PM Thursday, June 21, 2007, 12:29 PM
Courtesy of Tom Norris (HHS - '73) - 06/23/07
Thanks, Tom!
Images by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/21/07
Thanks, Dave!
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Panoramic Image by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/21/07
Thanks, Dave!

I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed your site and shared it with others. I am a 1965 Kecoughtan High graduate who moved away for 30 years and came back to many changes. The old shots warm my heart.

Am looking for a picture of the old Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant at 14 Ivy Farm Road in Hampton (off Kecoughtan Road). I think it is now called The Upper Deck. I do not have a now picture, but will take one for your site as soon as I am in that area. That was where my brother worked as a young teen. Am working on a memory book for him and a picture of the old Fisherman's Wharf would be a great help. Thanks.

- Vivian Karpiak (KHS - '65) of VA - 06/21/07
Thanks, Vivian!

I, too, have fond memories of the old Fisherman’s Wharf and had many a fine meal there. You may recall that they opened a Norfolk branch by the same name in the old Neptune's Galley restaurant at the end of Willoughby Spit. That end of Willoughby has been razed in order to erect condos.

I also recall that FW morphed into The Upper Deck, but it was never the same and eventually closed. I believe that the place is unoccupied at present.

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/21/07
Thanks, Dave!

Hey there Carol :-)

The correct street name is Ivy Home Road ... Ivy Farms is in NN ... know they get confusin' sometimes :-).

Fisherman's Wharf (Hampton) closed several years ago ... Surf Rider opened a restaurant
near there at the end of Marina Road. I'll check some of my 80s and 90s Krabbas for an ad.

Enjoy ...

- Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA - 06/22/07
AHA! Thanks, Tom!

The correct name of the road is Ivy HOME Road and very near where I grew up on Henry Street. The Fisherman's Wharf closed quite some time ago, but not before my wedding rehearsal dinner was held there in 1983. When the very famous Nick's Seafood Restaurant in Yorktown closed, the maitre d' (I think) opened the restaurant on Ivy Home Road, but I can't remember what it was named. I went there once and there was a line of people waiting for a table. There was a little elevator on the outside of the building for handicapped people. It's a shame that such a big building went to waste. When I go home, I always have to eat at the Surfrider Restaurant on a little street off Ivy Home Road. Everyone goes there......great food, very casual.

- Gloria Woolard Price (HHS - '65) of FL - 06/22/07
Thanks, Gloria!

Here is what I found out about the restaurant. Not sure how much is accurate.

Mark Shackleford owns (or owned) the building. When he raised the rent, whoever owned the FW let it go. ThenJohn Breen and Ron Smith opened it as Upper Deck and added the outside elevator. In '02 or '03, whichever hurricane happened, it damaged or destroyed the upper part. And there that huge building just sits and no one wants to use it. I'm surprised it hasn't been torn down and condos built in the place.

- Gloria Woolard Price (HHS - '65) of FL - 06/23/07
That would no doubt have been that nasty, horrible Hurricane Isabel on September 18, 2003. Thanks, Gloria!

WOW! Nice.........and to think my rehearsal dinner was there the year before.

- Gloria Woolard Price (HHS - '65) of FL - 06/23/07 (in response to Tom Norris' 1984 Krabba ad above)
Isn't that cool?!?  Thanks, Gloria!

Long before there was a Fisherman's Wharf, all of the property at the end of Ivy Home Road was Lawson's Oil Docks. This is where many of the Hampton Creek and Sunset Creek fishing boats fueled up and bought ship's stores before heading out to Hampton Roads or out to the Bay, or even out through Cape Henry/Cape Charles into the Atlantic. The point of land upon which it was situated was called Armstrong Point because of the family that owned most of the property from Porter Avenue down to the dock on the right side of Ivy Home Road. I grew up on Porter Avenue and often visited old lady Armstrong. Skip Willis, Jack Hardy, Charlie Karmosky, Bobby Christie, and I spent many hours on those docks just hanging out. On summer days when the docks were closed, we'd sometimes race our bicycles down to the docks and launch straight out into the water off the dock into Hampton Creek. I smoked my first cigarette in the bamboo thatches that grew down near the water just before the docks.

One snowy winter night, three of us built a huge snow wall across Ivy Home Road below Porter Avenue which stopped all the traffic, including the oil trucks that delivered fuel oil to many homes. The cops paid each of us a visit that night. I loved those days.

- Chandler Nelms (HHS - '63) of MD - 06/28/07
GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Chandler!

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