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Our Family Restaurant Team!

COPELAND (COPEY) HOUGHTON

At just 14 years of age, Copey realized his purpose in life. He developed a 1 person Catering business, which lasted for 2 seasons. This was ultimately the beginning of his Culinary Career. By the time he was 16, he was the chef at the Burlington Country Club (Vermont), for the next 2 years. Throughout the 80’s, strengthened and perfected his culinary skills, while employed at top restaurants in Burlington, VT. Copey attended the Culinary Institute of America, for Executive Chef Status.

Taking a brief break from Vermont, Copey went to Martha’s Vineyard, Ma. for a General Manager’s position for 2 Edgartown family restaurants. Upon his return to Burlington, VT., at age 30, Copey purchased the Daily Planet, a “unique restaurant before its time”. Here, he successfully owned and operated the Daily Planet, for the next 28 years.

In 2018, Copey purchased the Old Dock, fulfilling a dream of his for many years.
“Having spent summers in Essex, NY, for my whole life, makes this area a very special place. Now, I am bringing the Old Dock to the next level: Maintaining a top-rated and beloved restaurant, as well as introducing an event space, specializing in weddings.”

COPELAND (COPEY) HOUGHTON

MAUREEN CRONIN

If you are looking for an absolutely wonderful culinary destination, you have chosen a perfect spot. The Old Dock Restaurant and Marina has found our Executive Chef with outstanding credentials. 

Maureen Cronin began her passion for cooking at age 4 while she stood and watched her mother in fascination Eve prepare meals for 8 children, 1 dog, and her very grateful and lucky husband Tom. That memory and the home skills she developed shaped her future in food preparation for her entire life. 

A top graduate of the Manatee Technical Culinary School tuned her skills in both front and back-of-the-house restaurant management. After graduating, she was asked to stay on and train new students in important food preparation for 15 months.

 She spent a year in the Sysco Test Kitchens and continued for a total of 45 years in both front and back-of-house support for various 5-star restaurants in New England and throughout Florida. 

A heads up for all hungry patrons: Maureen insists, “Nothing leaves my kitchen without my approval”. Welcome to The Old Dock Restaurant and Marina. Enjoy!

Maureen Cronin

CHRISTOPHER LOCKE

Chris Locke is a James Beard-nominated sommelier with over 10 years of restaurant managerial experience, including at some of the most iconic establishments in the Adirondacks. During the non-summer months, he teaches English at SUNY Plattsburgh.

An active writer, Chris has published more than 10 books of fiction and nonfiction. He lives here in Essex with his wife and two daughters.  

Christopher Locke