We often hear the question “when does Bob’s open for the season?”
Actually Bob’s Clam Hut has been open year round continuously since 1974!. We added indoor heated seating in 1991 so in those first 27 years of winter Bob’s guests would stand outside to order and pick up their food and either eat in their cars (mostly) or bring home.
Our dining room has 68 seats. It does get full when we are busy but we are almost always able to accommodate folks pretty quickly. If the dining room is full there will be a host in the hall who will put your name on the waiting list. We’ll get you a table as quickly as we can.
Generally there’s plenty of room – especially on weekdays. Winter can be a very relaxing and calm time to enjoy Bob’s. Hope to see you. We keep the dining room nice and warm!
There's something different about Bob's!
This week Bob's added solar panels to the roof. This change was the latest development in our commitment at Bob's to maintain environmental consciousness.
As you may already know, thanks to Mr. Fox Composting we separate our waste into compost, recycling and true waste (trash); this is good for the environment because approximately 2/3 of normal, household waste (and probably much more than that in a restaurant) is compostable--it can be broken down and made into dirt and soil to continue a natural environmental cycle. By composting our paper products, our cornware (the "plastic" cups we serve drinks in, as well as our utensils), and leftover food, we ensure that these items do not end up in a landfill, where they would only contribute to toxic gases in the air and eat up land, as well.
Also, as of January of this year, both Bob's and our brother restaurant, Robert's, purchase green power. 100% of the electric energy we use is backed up by renewable energy credits, or RECs. This process is a little more complex to explain than composting and recycling--but the fact that we pay for renewable energy to pass through energy grids to us means that the amount of renewable energy we purchase is trackable; the more people and businesses who buy renewable energy backed by RECs, the more renewable energy sources are able to grow their method of energy generation (and cut down on the use of fossil fuels).
Solar panels are a way to cut down on the energy we import from outside grids. On sunshiny days, the panels on our roof will convert the sun's natural heat energy into energy we can use for our own building. If the sun is going to shine, anyway, why not take advantage of that?
What are some things you do to help the environment? We'd love to hear. If you're looking for ideas, check out this simple list for things you can do in your home today without changing anything but your routine. If we work together, it makes a big difference!
Ever been to a clam hut that ran out of clams? A few weeks ago, after a two-page spread on Bob's came out in Yankee magazine, we were that clam hut!
What happened? you might be wondering. Was it the article? Did you sell so many clams you ran out?
Actually, that's not exactly what happened. Yes, we ran out of clams--but not because of Yankee.
Just like tomatoes in the summer or pumpkins in the fall, clams have seasons when they are bountiful and in-demand. Most of the time, particularly in the spring and summer, when clams are "in season," we are able to get clams to Bob's that come only from Maine and Massachusetts. But just like with apples and tomatoes, weather plays a big part in what we can our hands on.
When winter is especially cold--and this winter was ESPECIALLY cold--clam flats freeze. Clam flats are acres of land where clam diggers dig down in the mud to get clams. The clams are safe when the flats freeze because only the water over the flats gets cold; the mud is okay. But clam diggers can't get past the ice to the mud, which means the diggers are out of luck until the weather warms up again.
Luckily, the last couple weeks we've gotten enough warm weather that we've been able to get New England clams again. But the week that Yankee came out, we were trying to order clams from Maryland because we couldn't get clams here.
In twenty years, we've only run out of clams twice. We don't anticipate running out again anytime soon. And we will continue to offer the freshest clams available, even if they come from Maryland, because we can tell the difference between fresh and frozen clams, and we believe fresh clams are better!
Did you know clams and other seafood have harvest seasons? We'd love to know what you know as well as hear your questions. Leave a comment below, or send us a message on Facebook! And as always, eat clams!