Scituate: Phin’s to become Galley with new owners

By Memorial Day, Phin’s Restaurant in Scituate Harbor will become Galley, the third venture by owners of restaurants in Norwell and Cohasset. On Tuesday night Scituate Selectmen approved a transfer of liquor and food licenses to the new pub owners.

Brian Houlihan and Erica White also own and operate Tinker’s Son in Norwell and Bia Bistro in Cohasset. Bia is Gaelic for food. Houlihan, the chef of the operation, speaks with a distinct brogue. The marine nature of Scituate’s Front Street inspired the name Galley, as did the name of the pair’s company – Green Eyes, an Irish reference to the sea.

Scituate Selectmen particularly appreciated the company’s policy of serving non-alcoholic beverages to designated drivers at no cost. Drivers who declare themselves so receive free coffee, tea or soda while their friends imbibe.

Selectmen also granted an extension of hours. Phin’s serves breakfast every day. Galley will serve breakfast only during weekends and will remain open until 1 a.m.

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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.