About the Clam - How the Bearded Clam Got its Name!
Terri Pulaski fondly remembers those fun-filled, groovy times when she was traveling throughout California and Hawaii with her surfboard in tow. The former surfer turned head chef and restaurateur named her newly opened Bearded Clam Waterfront Restaurant after the roadside catering trucks where amateur competitors could grab a bowl of fried noodles after a tournament. Often referred to by locals as “bearded clam” surf shacks, they provided a laid-back, island-time vibe, served simple foods and attracted fun-loving people.
But surfers weren’t the only people hooked back then. Pulaski recently met a man from Brunswick, who stopped into her Georgia restaurant, Lucky Dawgs, while in town for a motorcycle rally. He showed her a picture of an old logo of a clam man that he wore back in the 1970s, explaining that most of the bikers he knew each had their own version and suggested that she should adapt one for the Bearded Clam restaurant she was opening in Sarasota.
Perhaps the clam man was inspired by the arrival of the 1978 Bearded Clam-Bar in Ocean City, MD., a well-known biker hangout where one can stop in for a beer and a game of billiards. The concept has since spread to other locales, such as the Bearded Clam in Kimberling City, Missouri and the Bearded Clam Raw Bar & Grill in Pompano Beach, Florida.
“We created our own reggae clam man for the nightly live music our restaurant offers,” Terri explained.
Now, the Bearded Clam has become synonymous with a place to go to relax with a beer and a fresh clam strip sandwich. The Bearded Clam Waterfront Restaurant captures the essence of the adventurers’ (be it a biker, surfer, boater or parent with kids) that need to take a load off, relax and have a great meal.
The restaurant even features a sun deck and outdoor heated swimming pool for diners, a pet-friendly tiki bar, award-winning cuisine, waterfront seating and boat dockage. Chillin’ moms and dads can enjoy their lunch while their kids draw within view on the chalk walk outside.
In the spirit of those island-time surf shacks that Terri and Wesley remember from their youth, they are proud of their new Sarasota waterfront restaurant; They think you will be too.