E.J. was born and raised in Newport, RI. Growing up, E.J.’s father Gene was always involved with the restaurant business. Therefore E.J. decided at an early age that he would follow in his footsteps. After high school he attended and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America’s class of 75’. E.J. spent his early years working for Rock Resorts Corp and was fortunate to work under some very experienced and knowledgeable chefs in resort towns such as Jackson Hole, WY, Caneel Bay, USVI and the Woodstock Inn in VT. EJ left Rock Resorts in 1982 to become the Chef of the Jared Coffin House on Nantucket. He moved his new family to the island and was at the Jared until 1985 when he opened E.J. Harvey’s Island Restaurant with his wife Robin. The Harvey’s ran E.J.’s until 1991 when they opened The Seagrille that they have run for over 20 years. E.J. is also a managing partner of the Brotherhood of Thieves. He runs a very successful catering business and had his famous quahog chowder featured on the Martha Stewart Show. A very talented chef, a mentor to many, E.J. has made a name for himself as one of the most respected restaurateurs on Nantucket. When he is not on his new love the “86” (a 26’ down-easter) he can be found spending time with his children and grandchildren whom he adores!
Robin grew up in Middletown, RI and graduated from the University of R.I. with a BS in Physical Education & Health. She married E.J. Harvey in 1978 and they moved to Woodstock, VT. Robin worked for the Woodstock Inn & Country Club before landing on Nantucket in 1982 when EJ became the Chef of the Jared Coffin House. Robin also worked at the Jared until 1985 when the Harvey’s opened E.J. Harvey’s Island Restaurant. In 1991 they moved to the Seagrille, which they have run for over 20 years. Robin and E.J. have three children, Adriene Lombardi (married to Travis), Kari Lindsay (married to Zack) and Tucker Harvey, and two adorable grandchildren Maddie and Burke who all reside on the island. Robin has enjoyed coaching and being involved with her children’s activities. She has been a board member of the Boy’s and Girl’s Club and is currently on the Nantucket School Committee.
Chef de Cuisine
Tucker Harvey began his restaurant career at age 15 bussing tables at the Seagrille. After one season of working in the front of the house and observing the kitchen and crew, he felt something pique his interest. When given the opportunity to move to the kitchen, Tucker started in the pantry station preparing salads and desserts. The following year he began the 2-year Culinary Arts Program at the Nantucket High School under the direction of Chef/Instructor Bob Buccino. In 2006, after graduation, Tucker attended the Culinary Institute of America. During that time he did his externship at the Hula Grill in Maui, HI. Tucker graduated from the Culinary Institute in 2008 with an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts. Tucker worked his summer/fall season on Nantucket under the careful eye of his father Chef Harvey. During the winter/spring Tucker worked at Hank’s Seafood in Charleston, S.C. Tucker has returned to the island full time and has taken over as Chef de Cuisine of the Seagrille kitchen. If the surf is up you can find Tucker in the early morning hours at Cisco or Madaquecham beach!
Front of House and Beverage Manager
Zack has been working in the food and beverage industry for nine years. Currently the Front of House and Beverage Manager at the SeaGrille, he grew up in Enfield, Connecticut, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in business management from Nichols College. Zack began to develop his extensive knowledge of wine in 2003 while managing Horse Ridge Cellars, a private wine storage facility in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. In 2006, he started working for E.J. and Robin Harvey at the SeaGrille: bartending, hosting, catering events and learning the ins and outs of the restaurant and catering businesses. After graduating from Nichols in 2007, Zack played professional ice hockey in the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League. He then moved to Charleston, South Carolina, in 2009 and expanded his food and beverage knowledge working at Slightly North of Broad of the Maverick Southern Kitchen Group. In 2010, Zack moved back to Nantucket and began working as a sales representative for Atlantic Importing Company, selling beer, wine and spirits on the island while bartending at the Brotherhood of Thieves. He returned to the SeaGrille in the fall of 2010 and looks forward to furthering its reputation as one of the island’s finest restaurants.
Richard has been a member of the Seagrille/Harvey family since 1997. During these last 15 years Richard has enjoyed meeting and serving friends and family alike. Conversations would run the gambit from family, sports, politics and local community issues. He now counts numerous new friends and acquaintances as a result of tending bar at the Seagrille. After a 25 year period in sales and marketing, the last being owner/ partner of pharmaceutical advertising agency based in New York City, Rich moved to Nantucket in 1996. Married to his wife Janet, a fifth grade teacher at NES, they will celebrate 40 years of marriage this September. Proud parents of 4 sons, Rich and Tim (residing here on Nantucket), Chris and Dan both live and work in the DC area. Today there are now 9 grandchildren, 6 boys and 3 girls ranging in ages from 14 to 1 year of age. Rich is truly blessed that 7 of the grands reside here on Nantucket. When not tending bar, Richs’ day job is Poppy Daycare. You will usually find him with one or more kids in tow on most days. He is currently Vice Chairman of the Community Preservation Committee (CPS), member of Saint Mary’s Church and a very active member of Miacomet Golf Club. Rich looks forward to your next visit to the Grille, saying hello, finding out what’s new, and making your visit both comfortable and enjoyable. Hope to see you real soon.
Front of House Staff
Back (from left): Amy, Katie, Sylvia; Front: Liza,Rhonda, Galia, Kari
From Left: E.J. Harvey, Sheri, Chris, Tucker Harvey