Fried shrimp and family traditions: The secret to success for this 73-year-old Sneads Ferry staple

73 years. That’s how long Riverview Café, a Sneads Ferry staple has been open. That’s also how long the restaurant has been owned and operated within the same family that opened it in the first place.

73 years. That’s how long Riverview Café, a Sneads Ferry staple has been open. That’s also how long the restaurant has been owned and operated within the same family that opened it in the first place.

Today, Julianna Terwilliger’s dad owns the place. It was Julianna’s great grandfather that opened the restaurant in 1946.

“It’s always been through our family,” Terwilliger said. “It’s been through brother-in-law’s, and uncles, and grandpas and now my dad.”

Terwilliger says at this point she thinks she will end up taking over the restaurant with her brother once her dad retires.

“Once you start working in something with your family, you find a passion for it and you don’t really ever want to leave it,” Terwilliger says.

Since they opened, Riverview has been famous for their seafood.

Specifically, their fried shrimp.

It’s everyone’s go-to according to Terwilliger.

They have their own shrimp boat that they catch shrimp on for the restaurant. The boats name is “Miss Janice” after Julianna’s dads mom.

As for the other seafood they prepare, they get it from various seafood markets in the area.

And of course, they have their regulars. Julianna joked that one side of the restaurant is typically devoted to the regulars who don’t care about having a view of the water during their dining experience.

“I mean, we’re thankful for them cause that’s what keeps you going in the winter when there’s not visitors and tourists,” Terwilliger said.

Julianna said the people are what keep her coming back.

“I’ve met so many people and had so many great relationships come out of working here,” Terwilliger said. “And not even that. My co-workers are great.”

For more on Riverview Café and to see what they are cooking up this week, check out their Facebook page here.


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