Sometime in the late ’20s, as auto traffic on the road increased, Chubby and Bessie changed the restaurant from take-out to a fancy dining room. “Fancy” may be too strong a word, but it certainly wasn’t “eat in the rough.” It was pretty spiffy — it even had awnings.
Chubby held his first clambake the Native American way with a beach, seaweed, and hours to cook. After that, he improved upon the original way to what we use now.
Chubby Woodman (starting the fire) in Marietta, Ohio, 1938
Clambake for 5,000 people, sitting at picnic tables, 1938
Woodman’s held a clambake for 5,000 in Marietta, Ohio!
The Woodman’s parking lot, with The Essex Lobster House across the street
Woodman’s tore down the oldest and biggest building (one of three on the property) that was rotted out and moved the fancy dining building across the street to The Essex Lobster House, which is now Shea’s Riverside
The Woodman’s Diner
Woodman’s Diner (now Dunkin’ Donuts) was the principal source of the family’s income — it’s what kept them going! Many Woodmans have taken turns running the diner.
1960 – 2000
Woodman’s added on a lower deck and more outdoor seating
Woodman’s was open year ’round for the first time
The first formal function at Woodman’s Function Hall (now The Essex Room) was held
The Bunghole Lounge opened under the function hall, closed for a while, and then reopened as The Lobster Trap Pub, which is no longer a bar, but rented out for parties
Woodman’s survives the blizzard of 1978!
Yankee Magazine published an article titled “The Man Who Invented the Fried Clams”