Although Joseph Vaudo has left the building, a new owner plans to fulfill Mr. Vaudo’s intent to create a thriving seafood market on Gallo Road.
“We are going to sell fresh, local seafood and lobster from Sandwich and other Cape Cod commercial fishermen,” said Darryl Durnford of Superior Lobster & Seafood, who will be running the Gallo Road fish market. “We hope to open at the end of May.”
Mr. Durnford, who is listed as an officer with Superior Lobster, said the company owns a huge wholesale seafood warehouse in Marshfield that sells—and ships by air freight—fresh Cape Cod and South Shore lobsters to restaurants and other food distributors across the country.
“We have 70,000 pounds of live lobsters in our tanks in the Marshfield warehouse,” Mr. Durnford said.
The Sandwich operation will be smaller, but will offer fresh lobsters of all sizes—from 1-2 pounds to 4-6 pounds—and a variety of local, fresh fish, Mr. Durnford said.
“We are installing tanks and refrigerators and gutting some of the existing structures in the building,” Mr. Durnford said of the Gallo Road facility.
The Sandwich seafood market will be open seven days a week, from 9 AM to 6 or 7 PM, Mr. Durnford said.
Mr. Vaudo’s Fish Market, the former occupant of the site, closed in December after Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office deputies served the owner, Mr. Vaudo, with papers from the United States Bankruptcy Court.
Mr. Vaudo was ordered to vacate the building and give possession of it to G-Four, LLC, one of more than 50 creditors to whom Mr. Vaudo owed about $1.5 million, according to court documents.
Mr. Vaudo was given until January 31 to remove all personal property from the site, the sheriff’s department said at the time.
The market’s closing marked the end of an era for Mr. Vaudo and for the town.
Mr. Vaudo had owned and operated three separate seafood markets near the marina for more than 30 years. The best-known of these was the landmark Joe’s Lobster Mart, which was torn down in 2016.
After construction setbacks and other delays, Mr. Vaudo opened Mr. Vaudo’s Fish Market in November 2017.
Mr. Vaudo’s seafood license was revoked by the state in 2014 after the market owner admitted to buying stolen oysters in 2013.
The state Department of Public Health revoked Mr. Vaudo’s wholesale dealer’s permit and his certification for listing on the Interstate Certified Shellfish Shippers List.
Shortly thereafter, Mr. Vaudo closed Joe’s Lobster Mart.
But he reapplied for his permits and said in 2017 that the state had issued all the necessary permits and that he had been cleared to sell shellfish.
Mr. Vaudo speculated at the time that state and town officials had forgiven him because at this time he had strictly followed all regulations and worked closely with the state and the town to secure all necessary permits and licenses.
Mr. Vaudo’s offered a full line of fresh fish and lobster, which Mr. Vaudo sold to wholesale and retail customers.
But Mr. Vaudo, who served on the town’s planning board for almost 15 years, began to miss planning board meetings and finally stepped down in 2016. Board members said at the time that Mr. Vaudo was in poor health.
He filed for bankruptcy protection last spring.
According to court documents, Mr. Vaudo owed money to many people and companies—from a lawn maintenance company to the IRS.
Liens had been placed on his two personal properties—19 Grove Street, a house that has been on the market for more than a year; and his East Sandwich home at 298 Route 6A, according to court documents. Those properties, his personal motor vehicle, and his household belongings had been valued at about $1 million.
The largest amount Mr. Vaudo owed appeared to be to Anthony J. Prevett of Westwood, described as a secured creditor. Mr. Prevett apparently loaned Mr. Vaudo the money to open his fish market in 2017. The business was valued at $938,221, and had liabilities of about $150,000, court documents said.
Mr. Vaudo agreed to use proceeds from the sale of the house on Grove Street and to put the fish market at 8 Gallo Road up for sale to mitigate his debt to Mr. Prevett, the documents stated.
G-Four, which took possession of the shop in December, is described in business listings as a Sagamore-based commercial and industrial building operation.