PLAINFIELD, NJ – The mast flags are finally flying and the Buccaneer Bay BBQ, a new pirate-themed barbecue and frozen treat restaurant on Terrill Road, is set for their grand opening on Thursday, April 24 at 4:30 p.m. with Assemblyman Jerry Green cutting the ribbon.

Blues duo “Big City Breakout” will be performing at the grand opening.  The mayors of Scotch Plains and Fanwood will also be in attendance. Free samples will be available between 4:30 pm and 6 pm.

The manager is local resident Jerome Pereira, who remembers standing with his kids in long lines outside the building when it was the Dairy Maid. 

"Originally, Joe Grillo used to sell his famous Italian ice here and people would come from all over New Jersey for it," says Pereira. "Then Mark Seinfeld, took over and again there were long lines. We hope they continue when we start. We have big shoes to fill." 

To keep folks coming for sweet treats, Pereira will offer both Italian ice and ice Cream, and even has Seinfield helping him to keep the quality consistent. Both types of frozen treats will be homemade and with "the finest ingredients," says Pereira. 

But before dessert, there will be barbecue. Lots of barbecue. There will be authentic dishes like ribs and brisket, plus sides like chili, cornbread and mac-and-cheese.

Of course, Pereira always gets asked the question “Why barbeque?” "Everybody asked me to do this because there is a shortage of this type of barbeque in the area," says Pereira.


Pereira hopes to create a casual, family friendly space and says the restaurant will be a BYO. Outside the barn has been updated to resemble sections of a ship, including a mast.

Inside, the space has been gutted and outfitted with TV-screen menus, tables for dining in, bright colors and lots of fun pirate-themed decor. Also, on the walls are photos of legendary Plainfield residents (technically, the restaurant is on the Plainfield side of Terrill Road) Milt Campbell, a 1956 decathlon gold-medalist, and Joe Black, the first black pitcher to win a World Series game in 1952.

Hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, open for lunch and dinner. Buccaneer Bay will also offer catering and takeout.