Monday, March 20, 2017

Great Bay restaurant ends a run that began as a market in '73

Great  Bay's final owners (photo provided)
The average price of a house was $9,900, the last American troops left Vietnam, the Watergate hearings were conducted, the now-iconic Sydney Opera House opened ... And, the Great Bay Clam Co. opened.

Now, those headlines are part of history, and so is the Great Bay Clam Co.

Ellen and Ralph Melo, who have owned the business since 2005 under the name Great Bay Seafood Co., closed it several weeks ago, ending a 44-year existence.

The business, named for the source of the Long Island clams it featured, was founded in 1973 on Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs by Harold Hotmer as an offshoot of his Fort Edward fish market.

The city's urban renewal imperatives eventually led Hotmer to move the market to a site on West Avenue where he added a restaurant component to the business. In April 1989, he moved again, this time to 2149 Doubleday Avenue, Ballston Spa, where The Great Bay Clam Company operated as a restaurant without a market. Hotmer sold the business to the Melos in 2005.

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