Hampton Beach McDonald's, a longtime fixture, to become seafood joint
HAMPTON — The space where a McDonald's resided at Hampton Beach for decades will be replaced by a walk-up seafood restaurant for summer 2017.
The building at 187 Ocean Blvd. was purchased May 19 by Hampton Beach Casino Inc., and two current businesses operators on the Hampton strip are joining forces to open a counter service seafood eatery where patrons can eat-in or take their food to-go.
Jimmy Trainor, owner of the Boardwalk Inn and Cafe, and Bob Schaake, manager of the Hampton House Hotel, plan to have JB's Seafood open and serving the public by mid-June. "JB's" stands for Jimmy and Bob's.
Traci Schaake, wife of Bob Schaake, said their main focus right now is getting the restaurant open for the 2017 season, but that renovations to the building are likely in the future.
Schaake said the primary fare of the restaurant would be lobsters, steamers and fried seafood, along with some less traditional menu items.
"We will also offer salads, sandwiches and New Orleans style beignets," Schaake said. "We wanted to offer something a little different from the rest of the beach."
She added that the restaurant would have a liquor license, a feature the McDonald's that previously occupied the space for more than 39 years lacked.