History of The Place


In the 1940s, an old sailor known as Whitey started up an informal clambake by the side of Route 1 in Guilford, CT.  Over time it grew into a real restaurant called Whitey’s where travelers enjoyed his special roasted clams while sitting on tree stump instead of chairs.  Whitey employed many local teens including the Knowles brothers, Gary and Vaughn.  In 1971, Whitey’s was up for sale and Vaughn and his wife, Judy, decided to buy it and take over.  When trying to pick a new name they remembered an old saying of Whitey’s...

“There’s no place, quite like this place, anywhere near this place, so this must be The Place.”

Soon after establishing The Place, Vaughn teamed up with his brother Gary, and they became co-owners of The Place Restaurant.  They still run it together today, serving up the same roasted clams that got it all started, but the menu has expanded to include lobster, corn, steamers, fish, steak, chicken, and more.  Today The Place has grown to about 50 tables, and the fire-pit is a sizzlin’ 18 feet long.  But some things remain the same—every night is a cookout with good food and good friends!