The Block Island Times

New biz: The Channel Marker

Same location as the old Sharky's
By Stephanie Turaj | May 28, 2013
Photo by: Stephanie Turaj Channel Marker servers Mary Pardee, left, and Emily Dorchies on opening night.

“I never thought as a kid that I’d be opening a restaurant,” said Greg Kyte, owner of The Channel Marker on Corn Neck Road.

The morning before the grand opening, Kyte sits at the restaurant’s bar, putting the finishing touches on the menu and pricing out the options. It’s been a three-month preparation period, in which the former Sharky’s Restaurant has seen a new name, an interior redesign and a revamped menu.

“I’m trying to incorporate things on the island” into the restaurant, said Kyte.

The name the Channel Marker highlights a nautical feeling. “It’s also a play on words,” said Kyte, who explained that his dog, a half great dane, half St. Bernard, is named Marker.

Kyte has lightened up the interior with a fresh coat of paint and new artwork, and the menu boasts a lot of “fresh, simple” fish entrees, such as blackened mahi-mahi, salmon and swordfish. Also updated is the wine list, with selections from Spain and France.

Kyte has been a bartender at The Beachead (also on Corn Neck Road). He also has worked as a bartender in Colorado. Previously, he traveled between the two locations, Block Island and Colorado, but he’s excited to establish year-round roots on the island.

“For me, the biggest shock was how quickly three months went by,” said Kyte.

It’s a new place, but it’s not completely new, for some of the highlights of Sharky’s menu made it on the new list. Kyte said one of his favorite dishes was the gorgonzola tortellini — and that has remained. Other familiar dishes will be the chicken fingers and scallops wrapped in bacon.

Both Kyte and chef Steve Jarvi are most excited about one particular menu addition — the shrimp ceviche. Jarvi was a chef since the beginning of Sharky’s, in 1997.

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