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Plaistow landmark Larry’s Clam Bar is for sale

Friday, April 15, 2016  
Posted by: Emily Owens
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Plaistow landmark Larry’s Clam Bar is for sale
By Jason Schreiber

A Route 125 landmark known for its fried seafood, ice cream and the cackling egg-laying hen machine that brought smiles to generations of customers is up for sale.

After more than 50 years in business, Larry's Clam Bar is on the market for $1.2 million.

The family-owned restaurant was built in 1961 by founder Larry Haggett, who started with a small building at 172 Plaistow Road (Route 125) and expanded over time.

The restaurant typically closed for the season just before Christmas and reopened around February or a little later, depending on the winter weather.

This year, the decision was made not to reopen and to sell the restaurant as Haggett and his wife, Verna, look toward retirement.

Larry's was a popular destination for dine-in and take-out food along Route 125.

Customers would line up inside to order at a window and then wait for their number to be called over the loudspeaker in the dining room or outside.

While they waited, many families with children would often toss coins in “Larry's Egg Machine” and watch with excitement as a hen cackled before dropping a plastic egg with a prize.

The property, which went up for sale in late March, is being marketed by real estate agent Greg Schena of Masiello Group Commercial Associates. Read more at

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