Mermaid Cove expands from carryout classics to casual pub fare


For several years, locals have headed to Mermaid Cove for carryout lunches. And now, Tina Littleton, owner of the restaurant in Williamsville, has expanded. With a sit-down pub added to the carryout spot, the restaurant can now seat more than 60 people, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Mermaid Cove has expanded from a lunch carryout spot, to serving pub fare, with seating for up to 60 people, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Mermaid Cove has expanded from a lunch carryout spot, to serving pub fare, with seating for up to 60 people, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.“The pub was added to Mermaid Cove Carryout after customer demand prompted a liquor license,” explained Littleton.

The pub features four large flat-screen televisions, booth seating and a full bar.

“Our pub features many specialty martinis, like Sticky Fingers, made with real cotton candy and watermelon,” said Littleton. “Orange and peach crushes are our customers’ favorites, too.”

Along with their martini specialty drinks, Mermaid Cove also features $3.99 wine Sundays and has a number of ice cream drinks available, including Chunky Monkey and Vanilla Rum Chatta.

Mermaid Cove first opened in October of 2010, mostly serving local workers with their “Working Man’s Lunch” for $5.99.

“We have had good support of our carryout lunches with local workers,” said Littleton. “With the expansion, we hope to continue to cater to the local crowd and try to keep them coming back.”

On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon, Mermaid Cove serves a Candle Lite Breakfast, with $3.94 Bloody Mary and Mimosa specials.

“We also get a nice crowd for our football specials,” she said.

Littleton credits her good customer base to offering tasty food at reasonable prices.

“We’re very economical — we’re worth the five-mile drive. We’ve had a good turnout even though the economy is down,” she said. “We always try to do a gourmet twist. In our tomato soup, we have grilled cheese croutons. We serve real Smith Island Cake that comes across on the ferry!”

Mermaid Cove even prints out a monthly calendar of specials for patrons, to make sure everyone knows what’s going on each month.

“We hope to build our local clientele and make it good place for them to come. We want our customers to feel like family.”

In the “upscale casual” pub atmosphere, there are high ceilings with chandelier lighting and plenty of mermaid-themed décor.

“I love my mermaids,” said Littleton, of why she named the establishment Mermaid Cove.

Mermaids can be found on the votive candles, paintings, figurines — you-name-it. Littleton said she’s unsure how many mermaids decorate the store, but she welcomes the community to stop by and find out for themselves.

I don’t know,” she said with a laugh. “Come in and count them!”