A new ownership team is in place at The Boathouse Restaurant and Raw Bar on Ocean Street. Former owner Mike Smallidge has sold his share of the restaurant to charter employees Erik Shamus O’Connor, the restaurant’s bar manager, and Jon Hersey, the executive chef, putting them at the helm with the third owner, Mike Bex, a longtime local restaurant owner.

Hersey and O’Connor have been working at The Boathouse since it opened in September 2008. Both men also worked at Bex and Smallidge’s other restaurant, The Black Bull Tavern on Main Street in Rockland, for years prior to the Boathouse opening.

“It’s a very exciting time for Jon and me,” O’Connor said in a news release. “We have both worked in this business for a long time, and it’s very satisfying and rewarding for both of us to be presented this opportunity.”

Since the ownership change went into effect in late January, they have re-done the lunch and dinner menu. They also made a few cosmetic changes to the restaurant itself.

“We wanted to make the menu more expansive, yet more affordable for people to come in,” Hersey said. “Our goals are to give our customers the best food, drink and service possible, to go along with the most amazing dining views available of Penobscot Bay.”

The new lunch and dinner menus offer a wide variety of salad, appetizer, light fare and entrée items, using the freshest seafood available, as well as hand-cut steaks and local and organic vegetables. The Boathouse also features a new brunch menu on Sundays, served from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Boathouse is open seven days a week.

“For me, it’s thrilling to see the youth and energy these guys bring to the table, so to speak,” Bex said. “I am happy for them because I’ve known both Jon and Shamus a long time and I know how dedicated both of them are to the restaurant business. Come down and check out our new menu and enjoy the best dining views of Penobscot Bay Rockland has to offer.”