A special exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Chatham Squire will be up for a limited time at the Atwood House & Museum on Friday and Saturday, June 8-9, 1 – 4 p.m.
Richard Costello and George Payne opened the Squire in June, 1968, on the spot that was formerly known as the New York Restaurant. That first summer, the Squire was only half the size of what it is now and operated out of the side that is now referred to as the dining room. After that first season, overzealous employees who slept upstairs set off some firecrackers and the police were called. The owner of the building told Richard and George that this violation was a lease breaker and they had to buy the building or get out. The two purchased the building, and told the two dress shops who rented the other side that they would have to move. (They did, right across the street!)
They remodeled the other side and built what is now called the Main Bar, opening their doors again the following spring. The rest, as they say, is history.
Fifty years later the Chatham Squire is still going strong under the same ownership!
Stop by the Atwood House & Museum to see “relics” of that colorful history at 347 Stage Harbor Road, Chatham. Admission is free for members; $10 for adults; $5 for youths 8-17; free for children 7 and under.