Debbie and Johnathan Smith, the owners of Connecticut's top family-owned seafood restaurant Chowder Pot Ill, trace the history back to the 1977 Armstrong Rubber Tire strike. This worker's strike forced Jon to get creative and find another source of revenue.
He decided to open a small roadside hot dog stand. Within a year, popular demand allowed Jon to expand from frankfurter fare to a small seafood drive-in in Madison.
'Throughout the years, the response to the Smiths' menus and dining experience allowed them to grow their restaurant into bigger and better quarters. Chowder Pot’s I and II quickly blossomed into Branford's Chowder III, one of the state’s premier seafood restaurants.
Thanks to people like you, the restaurant's growth just keeps on coming. Chowder Pot III expanded twice in recent years. Now diners enjoy the finest seafood and slow roasted prime rib in two large dining rooms. There's also the large Captain's Lounge, dance floor, weekend live bands, and a popular bar side grill and raw bar.
Chowder Pot III has won numerous awards from Connecticut Magazine and for 17 years in a row been voted Best Seafood by the New Haven Advocate.