Our Family Restaurant Team

Copeland (Copey) Houghton

At just 14 years of age, Copey realized his purpose in life. He developed a 1 person Catering business, which lasted for 2 seasons.. This was ultimately the beginning of his Culinary Career. By the time he was 16, he was the chef at the Burlington Country Club (Vermont), for the next 2 years. Throughout the 80’s, strengthened and perfected his culinary skills, while employed at top restaurants in Burlington, VT. Copey attended the Culinary Institute of America, for Executive Chef Status. 

Taking a brief break from Vermont, Copey went to Martha’s Vineyard, Ma. for a General Manager’s position for 2 Edgartown family restaurants. Upon his return to Burlington, VT., at age 30, Copey purchased the Daily Planet, a “unique restaurant before its time”. Here, he successfully owned and operated the Daily Planet, for the next 28 years.

In 2018, Copey purchased the Old Dock, fulfilling a dream of his for many years.
“Having spent summers in Essex, NY, for my whole life, makes this area a very special place. Now, I am bringing the Old Dock to the next level: Maintaining a top rated and beloved restaurant, as well as introducing an event space, specializing in weddings.”

Copey and Judy offer a combined experience of 75 years in Hospitality and Guest Relations.

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Judy Hack

After earning her BA in Psychology, Judy moved to Florida and was hired by the Walt Disney World company. Although an entry level position, Judy knew this would be the perfect opportunity to relate to the general public. This is where her rewarding career in Guest Relations began. She started in the travel and tourism industry over 3 decades ago, and she hasn’t stopped since.

Judy’s passion for perfecting her incredible customer service skills continues today. Her ability to assist her clients with patience, positive energy and knowledge, are all assets that will help you to plan your dream wedding. Judy has over 30 years experience with destination weddings. She has worked with many on-site wedding coordinators and has a valuable understanding of what each couple is envisioning, for the perfect wedding.

In Judy’s words, “It gives me an indescribable feeling of gratification to know that I helped to create the perfect event for those I work with. There is no better reward than the acknowledgement of appreciation from my clients, followed by referrals. I am here from beginning to end, to assist in making this a perfect and memorable occasion for you, your family and friends.”

She too, spent her summers in Essex, NY and realizes what a treasure this area and the Old Dock is.