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Nick's Fish House under new management

Nick's Fish House on Insulator Drive in Port Covington.
Nick's Fish House on Insulator Drive in Port Covington. (Elizabeth Malby / Baltimore Sun)

The owners of several popular Delaware beach establishments have officially taken over the management of Nick's Fish House & Grille in Port Covington.

The waterside establishment will now be known by the shorter name Nick's Fish House, according to a news release from the new operators.

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The new management includes Steve "Monty" Montgomery, the owner of Starboard Restaurant in Dewey Beach, and his business partner; Jim Weisgerber, operator of Bethany Blues BBQ restaurants in Bethany and Lewes; and Eric Sugrue, managing partner of the Rehoboth Beach-based Big Fish Restaurant Group, whose properties include Big Fish Grill and Summerhouse Saloon.

The operators said they will keep some menu favorites; a new menu emphasizing fresh fish and seafood is in development.

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A popular waterside crab house, Nick's was opened in 2004 by Thomas "Tommy" Chagouris, who was then also an owner of Nick's Inner Harbor Seafood in the Cross Street Market.

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The restaurant's recent ownership history, including who makes up its current ownership group - 2600 Insulator Drive, LLC -- is not clear.

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On Thursday, the board of liquor license commissioners for Baltimore City approved a request for a transfer of the existing liquor license to Weisgerber and Demian Costa. Costa is a business partner of Kevin Plank, whose Sagamore Development has purchased significant acreage in Port Covington in the last few years.

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The restaurant will stay open as renovations and improvements are made over the next several months, the release said.

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