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Waterfront Eatery Revived

The Waters Edge Restaurant at Jude Thaddeus Landing opened for business June 15.

On November 25, 1996, Joe Weiser accompanied a worried stranger to check up on his boat at a foreclosed marina on Shore Road. 

The man was an investigator from an insurance company who had been assigned to follow up on a police interview about a tragic traffic accident Weiser had witnessed a week prior, and was relying on the nine-year Navy veteran's experience with boats.

On the experience, Weiser gleefully responded, "I have a book on it," and produced his own work, Joe and Jude. Weiser's book, marina, and restaurant are named for Jude the Apostle, the patron saint of "desparate situations and lost causes."

Nearly sixteen years later, Weiser is sitting in his new restaurant, The Waters Edge at Jude Thaddeus Landing. He said he instantly felt at home there and was able to obtain ownership despite tough financial times and little experience in the business.

 the marina, which resembles the new establishment.

The restaurant at 74 Shore Road used to be Steamboat Landing, which opened in 1998 and was built to accomodate the short-lived Thomas Jefferson Paddle Wheel Boat. Weiser owned and operated that restaurant until 2002. 

"Owning and operating both a restaurant and marina is demanding," said Weiser on his decision to sell. "I needed some of my life back."

However, Weiser says he became unhappy with the restaurant's direction, which ultimately lead to foreclosure on the property in 2011, and left the property vacant until its re-opening on June 15. 

"Hopefully, we can erase the reputation the old restaurant received as a seasonal nightspot," he said. "You can't come in with Beverly Hills prices just because it's on the water with beautiful scenery - that's one image that I want to try to avoid."

The transformation is apparent. The bar has been moved from the center of the restaurant to the back and gained a view of the water. The outside tiki bar has been removed. In response to feedback that the old place was overpriced, Weiser said they have reduced prices on average by 20 percent.

The strategy has been implemented in hopes to expand business year-round as a family restaurant. One component is the restaurant's offer of a 1 1/2 pound lobster for $12 Monday through Thursday.

Weiser said he hopes his restaurant can share in a revival of business in the waterfront community, in a city he said he has grown attached to.

"I like this city. I think it has a lot of potential," Weiser said. "It certainly needs change - truth of the matter is that if Glen Cove doesn't bring some light industry and good business to offset some of the taxes, people won't be able to afford to live here. Having this place here, I think, is good for the city."

Robert LeBlanc July 12, 2012 at 12:35 AM
So, we just got back from Water's Edge and here's our experience... The outdoor area was clean and the marina was pleasant to view. No one greeted us upon entering. And older gentleman finally approached us and told us to sit wherever we liked. Although the place was almost empty and there were four servers, it took a long time for a server to approach us at our table. We inquired about Glen Cove Patch's article stating the lobster special for $12 and the server didn't know what we were talking about. We brought up the article on one of our phones and she then went to ask a manager. After a long time, she returned and stated that was only for lunch. I asked what the cost was for dinner and she said, "Um, I think like around $35 or something." So either they changed their promotion or Glen Cove Patch did some inaccurate reporting, which wouldn't be the first time. We should've just left right there but we were hungry so we stayed. Well, our meals were mediocre and overpriced for what they were. We've had better meals at the chains like Chili's or Applebees or Friday's for less than 1/2 the price with much better service. Our dinner for two without alcohol + tax + tip was about $70. Our server played Houdini the entire evening. And our experience forces us to not want to return. Unless they get their act together and further lower their prices, they won't last long.
Janice LaRocca July 26, 2012 at 01:07 PM
We had a very similar experience to Robert. No greeting, inattentive waitstaff. The food was ok but WAY overpriced. For 2 apps, 3 drinks, 2 main dishes and tax it was about $100!! We asked about dessert and the waitress, unenthusiastically, said they have chocolate cake and icecream. Clearly she wasn't interested and neither were we at that point. A word of advice to the waitress, even if that's all you have, learn how to sell it and be excited about it, could've been the best chocolate cake on LI, you'll never sell it though and understand that this is how you make your money, so get excited about it! (we then headed over to cedar creek for coffee and a smores dessert, delish). For $100 I would expect MUCH better service and more ambiance. They could've been serving fries and hot dogs in wax paper and it would've made more sense for the outside decor. Outside was clean and nice to be on the water, but it was buggy and boring. Add some candles, put some centerpieces on the tables, or at least salt & pepper. Bring back the tiki torches to get rid of the bugs (maybe add a few fans) and give it a little character. The inside looked nice and smelled new, and we probably would've enjoyed it more if we had dined inside. While we didn't sit at the bar, it looked fun with windows that opened to an outdoor bar. This place won't last without better pricing, more charismatic waitstaff and better ambiance. Too bad, it's a great oppertunity/location for a real restauratuer.
Lisa August 07, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I wouldn't jump right on the waitstaff for the restaurants issues. You people don't understand that the waiters are just the faces of the restaurant and the MANAGEMENT and KITCHEN are responsible for most of the problems with this place. The waitstaff does the best they can with the situation given. So bad management= bad service. So next time think with your brains and not your rear ends and see the bigger picture here.
Lisa August 07, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Get a clue JL, what is she supposed to do? Do a song and dance for the 3 items they have for dessert? God, you are stuck up.
Bill September 08, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Worst restaurant in Glen Cove! Very poorly run, service is terrible. The food is good, but not worth the time and hassle you need to go through to get it! Extremely over priced. Do not recommend at all, save your money and go somewhere nice.

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