E.W. Pratt General Store and Merchandise was opened by Gus Pratt and his wife Emolyn in 1948. Many years later, the store closed and fell into disrepair, until a generous benefactor and Cozy Harbor resident had a dream of bringing it back to life.
The original barn building was salvaged, moved and underwent a major renovation. Several old additions, including one that housed a bowling alley, were demolished to make room for a new 4,500 square foot commercial pier, one of just a few wharves in the area open to the public for both fisheries and recreational uses.
The old bowling alley was re-purposed to make the dining room tables and a long sweeping bar. The fresh and colorful ‘retro-nautical’ interiors were inspired by a Caribbean restaurant. Surprisingly, the neon “Boothbay Lobster” sign was salvaged from a restaurant in Texas!
Once used for candlepin bowling at “The Alley”, the old bowling balls now serve as handholds on the upstairs railing.
Whether you share a picnic table on the pier, relax in the screened interior, or – best yet – grab a seat on the 2nd floor porch, the views of Cozy Harbor just can’t be beat!