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Summer Shack out, Legal Sea Foods in at Hingham's Derby Street Shoppes

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  December 20, 2012 04:48 PM

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Jasper White’s Summer Shack, located at the Hingham Derby Street Shoppes, will close its doors on Jan. 1, following Legal Sea Foods' purchase of the restaurant’s location.

Going forward, Summer Shack will continue to have locations in Boston, Cambridge, Dedham, and Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

White said the closing results from a sale, not a bankruptcy.

“The opportunity to sell to Legal Sea Foods was a good deal for both parties and fits into our future plans for Summer Shack,” White said in an email, though he declined to specify what those future plans might entail.

Additionally, all the employees at the Hingham location have been given the opportunity to work at other Summer Shack locations, White said.

“We are grateful to the people in Hingham and the area that have supported us and we hope that they will visit us in Dedham,” White said.

The Hingham location has been open since 2009, said Carolyn Kennedy, manager of Derby Street Shoppes, and the shopping plaza is sad to see the restaurant leave the plaza.

“They were great tenants and Jasper was a wonderful man and helped the community quite a bit,” Kennedy said

However, it was also exciting to see Legal come into the space.

“Legal is a tenant in a lot of our shopping centers, and they are a wonderful tenant,” Kennedy said. The Derby Street Shoppes are owned by WS Development Properties, which has Legal restaurants at malls in such places as Newton, Lynnfield, and Dedham.

A spokesperson for Legal Sea Foods did not return calls for comment. However, Kennedy said Derby Street has been working with the Legal architect to build out the space, which should take three to four months.

“They are going to have to redo it and get their particular brand in there,” Kennedy said. “Part of that will be a renovation of the façade.”

The restaurant switch is only one of several recent changes to the Derby Street shopping plaza.

In addition, Lulabelle, a high end European lingerie shop has been added as a permanent tenant. Roster, which sells NFL and NHL jerseys and memorabilia, has taken up temporary residence in the plaza since mid-November.

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