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Where Are We In CLT? Seafarerby Tim Miner on August 26, 2021
Who remembers a giant sign featuring a white whale spouting water on Albemarle Rd.? Our hands are raised.
The old Seafarer restaurant was open from 1980 to 2013. As much as we loved the food, it was their incredible sign, featuring — you guessed it — a giant, water-spouting whale, that really stole our hearts. So, we contacted former owner/operator Chris Copsis (via his daughter, Nicole). And, we’re excited to share some fun details with you.
When did the sign go up?
Who came up with the idea?[Chris] came up with the idea & tagline “For a Whale of a Meal.”
Who designed and made the sign?
Chris designed it on paper and Stavros Chrisotomides from Trojan Sign Company built it.
Was there a water feature?
Yes, it spouted a 10-foot mist of water into the air.
Where is it now?
The whale currently lives inside the old Seafarer building, which is now Big Al’s Pub.
Did the whale have a name?
“Whalen the Whale”
What was Chris’ favorite item on the menu?
Broiled whole flounder, affectionately known as … “The Whale.”
Growing up in Charlotte, the staff of The Biscuit have happy memories of the East Side, and we love it still. What are your favorite places (past or present) on Charlotte’s East Side, especially the Albemarle Rd. and Eastland area? Tell us what they are and why you love them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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