The closed sign from 1993
1972 fire--nice look at the sign designed for boaters
Eastway location with its signature rooftop lighthouse
1976 want ad
Original matchbook (courtesy of Harmon Jolley)
Charlotte has always had a love-affair with fish camps. Opened in 1969, the Hungry Fisherman was one of Charlotte's favorites. Located on Lake Wylie at the foot of the Buster Boyd Bridge (just south of Charlotte), the Hungry Fisherman was popular for both its famous seafood as well as for its scenic lakefront view.
The Hungry Fisherman was owned operated by TPL Restaurants Inc. They also owned the area Shoney's Big Boy and Captain D's restaurants. The Lake Wylie location was their first Hungry Fisherman, with over 15 added eventually throughout the Southeast. Included in their expansion would be a location at the Eastway Shopping Center in the 1980's. Many people remember this location with its signature working lighthouse on the top of the building.
The Lake Wylie location was unique for its above-water building design. The building was supported by about 100 pilings and rested 12 feet above the water. It seated 500 and its nautical theme, complete with clipper models, harpoons and ship barometers, filled every nook and cranny. Diners could arrive by car or by boat. Since it was located in SC, it was one of the only area restaurants for many years where you could order a mixed drink (Charlotte did not allow liquor-by-the-drink until 1978). The restaurant even survived a devastating fire in 1972.
The Hungry Fisherman would close in February 1993. Increased competition from neighboring restaurants and fast food outlets had taken their toll and business had declined. The building is owned by Duke Power and is currently the home to T-Bones Steakhouse.