Eater readers have been asking us to sleuth out what would replace the short-lived mac and cheese concept, Bazinga Eatery, which shuttered at the end of June in North Park; the 30th Street space was once occupied by Sea Rocket Bistro, which operated a local seafood showcase there for five years until it closed in late 2013.
It will be home to seafood again, this time with an East Coast focus; by the end of September, Pete DeCoste, a Boston transplant who moved to North Park five years ago and is a restaurant industry vet, will launch Pete's Seafood and Sandwich in the space. Specializing in New England-style seafood and East Coast sandwiches. DeCoste will cook up daily batches of traditional New England clam chowder and serve classic lobster rolls and plates of fried fish, shrimp, oysters and chips. East Coast-inspired sandwiches range from chicken, meatball and eggplant Parmesan to Italian cold cuts, but will also include oyster po' boys and a Cuban sandwich made with house-roasted pulled pork.
DeCoste told Eater that he's planning on changing the layout of the eatery, updating its interior and putting in a new patio that will span most of the storefront. The main entrance to the restaurant will shift; diners will now enter into a large room that will have a sports bar feel and two TVs while a smaller, adjacent room will be used as a quieter dining area. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Pete's Seafood and Sandwich will also serve beer and wine.