Connaught Fish & Chips, a longtime comfort food provider serving hungry Hamiltonians for generations announced they will be closing their doors for good this Friday (March 13).
The restaurant opened in 1930 at a location at the corner of King Street and Connaught (hence, its name), according to Connaught’s website, where it resided for half a century until moving to its current location on Main Street E near Gage Park.
They have become a tradition for many Hamilton families — especially on Good Friday — having earned a reputation for delicious, fresh fish and chips and incredibly friendly service.
In a Facebook post from Tuesday (March 10), the restaurant did not provide a reason for the closure but thanked the community for its support through the many years in business.
“Well Hamilton, it’s been quite the voyage. We’d like to thank our customers for all the years of loyalty, patronage and support,” the post reads.
“To you, our friends, neighbours and suppliers we’d like to extend our very best wishes. Connaught Fish & Chips will be closing its doors on Friday, March 13th. Peace and Blessings to you all!”
The outpouring of love on social media for Connaught has been heartfelt and a true expression of the love Hamiltonians have for the business and the traditions many local families have based around it.
“This saddens me. I’m thankful my children and some of my grandchildren were able to enjoy it,” wrote one Facebook user.
“One of my fondest memories of a child is picking up fish and chips here with my mom and she set out a blanket for us to eat in Gage park,” reminisced another.
Best of luck to the owners of Connaught in their next chapter. Hamilton will feel your loss deeply.
Connaught’s final day is Friday, March 13 so you might want to get in there ASAP to get a taste of Hamilton history.
Photo courtesy Connaught Fish & Chips Facebook page