Gaston & Catawba

Regulars mean a lot at this restaurant

The fish camp is alive and frying at Bluewater Seafood and Grill in Mount Holly.

Bluewater Seafood once operated out of a building that once housed Sno Cap Ice Cream, a longtime Mount Holly ice cream shop.

There, Bluewater only had carry-out service. In early 2005, wishing to add inside dining, the owners moved to the current location at 1118 S. Main St., once George's Florist.

In June of that year, the establishment was bought by its current owners, Lincolnton native Tony Helms and longtime Mount Holly resident Kenny Baker.

Helms says they offer something that the big chains don't: personal, friendly service.

“We try to get to know our customers. We know many of them by name as they walk in.”

He credits their regular customers for their success.

“Thank God for our regulars!” he said. “They have kept us in business.”

One popular special they offer is all-you-can-eat flounder for $7.95 every Friday and Saturday night. Unlike other establishments, Helms says that everything is cooked to order.

“Nothing is precooked,” he said.

They use a fryer that recycles the grease every night, resulting in fresher, nongreasy fish, he says.

Their menu also offers broiled fish as well as steak, pork chops, hamburgers, barbecue and chicken.

They are also one of the few fish camps in the area – perhaps the only one – with a delivery service (within an eight-mile radius.)

When asked about their hopes for the future, Helms just said that they hoped to meet more people – and make more friends.