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smile faceJimmies of Savin Rock
September 16, 2014

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history bookJimmies of Savin Rock is a family-owned-and-operated seafood restaurant in West Haven, Connecticut, known for its fresh seafood and huge prime rib cuts. In 1925, by the side of an unpaved road, a modest little stand opened for business. It was the brainchild of Jimmie Gagliardi and his family, who had invested their life savings in hopes of enticing pleasure-seeking Savin Rock amusement seekers to try their invention - the split hotdog.

A sign on the stand said "Moxie", which was what it took to open another food stand at Savin Rock, a pleasure-center already a half-century old that featured more that it share of well-established restaurants, snack bars and other eateries. Soon Jimmie had outgrown the stand. Sons Sal and Johnny and sister Carrie contributed much to the early success of Jimmies, and before they knew it, the stand was being expanded again and again. From the little HOT DOG stand, Jimmies has grown into a completely new and modern restaurant, opening just a year short of a half-century from its first beginning.

The two RV Gypsies and their friend Tom, say that the food is excellent.

Jimmies of Savin Rock
bar at Jimmies of Savin Rock

FYISavin Rock is a section of West Haven, Connecticut. It was the site of the Savin Rock Amusement Park, which began in the late 19th century as a regionally renowned seaside resort. It evolved into a general amusement park in the 20th century and eventually closed in 1966. Long before they knew each other, Karen and Lee went to Savin Rock Amusement Park many times, each with their own families. Karen's Aunt Hazel Brink especially love Savin Rock. The park ran along the west side of New Haven Harbor beachfront and is today a walk and bike path. One of the last reminders of the area is Jimmie's of Savin Rock, a restaurant known for its seafood and split hot dogs.


These photos were taken right behind the restaurant. It would also be the view from a window seat in the restaurant.

New Haven Harbor  beachfront
New Haven Harbor  beachfront
New Haven Harbor  beachfront

Note: The above comments are just the experience of the two RV Gypsies. These comments do not make the restaurant good or bad in general.

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