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New partnership brings ‘fresh’ take to WOC restaurant

(May 8, 2015) Shrimp Boat owner Joe White, who recently took over Captain’s Galley in West Ocean City, announced his intention to combine his two staples and offer fresh dishes, including fish, on a daily basis at the waterfront restaurant.

White and three partners, attorney Hugh Cropper IV, Ocean City Realtor Ken Church and Dr. Jeff Greenwood, who practices emergency medicine in Berlin, purchased the waterfront restaurant last month.

“The atmosphere will remain the same, [but] the fresh mindset from the Shrimp Boat is what’s going to make all the difference,” White said.

White said Captain’s Galley would introduce a new menu with an emphasis on ‘fresh.’ Hand-cut steaks, juicy burgers, fresh tuna and flounder caught on the Atlantic are sure to be favorites, according to White.

White said he planned on “taking it to another level” this season by listening to customers and tweaking the menu accordingly, adding things like fresh seafood and craft beer on tap.  A portion of the menu will change each day, depending on what is available.

Regular customers of Captain’s Galley will be happy to find out their crab cakes will not be touched, generous portions will still be served, and they will see familiar faces since the staff remained the same.

Dew and Michelle Hanson built Captain’s Gallery, originally called “Mast,” in 1984 on Harbor Road. The Hansons later changed the name – but kept the popular crab cake dinners.

When the pair mulled retirement, they sought a local group to take over ownership, according to White. All four of the new owners are local.

Celebrating Captains Galley’s ribbon cutting and new

ownership last Thursday evening, from left, Ken Church,

Hugh Cropper IV, Joe White, Wayne Benson, Bud Church,

Jim Mathias and Jeff Greenwood.

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