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Saltaire Oyster Bar And Fish House Opening In Port Chester

Leslie “Les” Barnes (left), owner of Saltaire Oyster Bar, and the restaurant's executive chef Bobby Will.
Leslie “Les” Barnes (left), owner of Saltaire Oyster Bar, and the restaurant's executive chef Bobby Will. Photo Credit: Contributed

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – Saltaire Oyster Bar and Fish House is opening in Port Chester.

Owner Leslie “Les” Barnes is a second-generation seafood buyer and aquaculture buff who has deep-rooted relationships with the best fishermen from Rhode Island to the Jersey Shore. Printed daily, the menu features the “top of the catch” available that morning at the Fulton Fish Market.

“I speak the language of salty fishmongers and oystermen,” said Barnes, who fondly remembers early morning buying trips to the original Fulton Fish Market to source seafood for the family restaurant, London Lennie’s, located in Queens, New York.

Barnes went on to master every station at London Lennie’s, taking over the business at the age of 22. After decades of running London Lennie’s and raising a family with four daughters, he found a historic grain warehouse with 30-foot ceilings just miles from his home.

“A building like this is a rare find. The timing was right to open Saltaire,” said Barnes.

Executive Chef Bobby Will, a seafood enthusiast with roots in coastal New England, focuses on minimalist preparations that complement the natural flavor of the supremely fresh fish. The menu consists of composed dishes, shareable starters and a section for guests to design their own plate.

Select dishes include fried point Judith calamari, seared Palmer Island skate wing, red snapper ceviche and grilled octopus.

Saltaire also has a raw bar featuring a rotating lineup of ten to twelve of Barnes’ favorite in-season oysters, as well as seafood towers that range in size from “Hook” to “Line” to “Sinker,” with a generous selection of ultra-fresh lobster, shrimp, clams, oysters, mussels and crab claws.

At the bar, guests can settle in and enjoy drinks and oysters, as well as watch rival sports teams play on TVs placed at opposite sides of the bar.

Saltaire, which opens in late August, is located at 55 Abendroth Ave. in downtown Port Chester.

For more information visit Saltaire here or call (914) 939-2425.

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