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.
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.
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.
The restaurant's recent ownership history, including who makes up its current ownership group - 2600 Insulator Drive, LLC -- is not clear.
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.
The restaurant will stay open as renovations and improvements are made over the next several months, the release said.