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In 1992, a group of successful businessmen had the vision of opening a special Montgomery restaurant called Sinclair’s Cloverdale, in the heart of the Old Cloverdale District. The friendly, neighborhood bistro atmosphere and moderately priced menu of delicious soups, large crisp salads, fresh seafood specials, heaping pasta dishes and juicy steaks made it into Montgomery’s hot spot to meet people.

In November 1996, as the city expanded to the east, Sinclair’s East opened with the same warm, enjoyable atmosphere and great menu. People have grown accustomed to the lunches, socializing after work, nightly dinners and meeting over leisurely weekend brunches. Sinclair’s is also popular with people going to performances at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, movies and sporting events throughout the year. Banquet facilities and catering are available for private parties.

In 2000, Sinclair’s Kowaliga Restaurant opened on beautiful Lake Martin, on the site made famous by the old song about a wooden Indian of the same name. This extraordinary location on the Lake offered a view of the water from every seat, dockside dining and a menu with a “lake feel”, with more fish and seafood choices. Party space and catering were also available. In Fall 2012, we closed the Kowaliga location permanently. We thank our Kowaliga customers for their patronage and invite you to continue to enjoy our two locations in Montgomery. We will always be grateful to Russell Lands for giving us the opportunity to operate the Kowaliga location for 12 years.

Sinclairs's Cloverdale closed it's doors for the last time on March 30th, 2017. While we are sad to lose part of our Sinclair's family, we are excited for Bill and DJ Flippo starting a new chapter in their lives. We wish them good luck in their retirement and thank them for the great food and great times. Bill, DJ and the rest of us would like to thank you for 25 years of great patronage and support.

Visit Sinclair's East and you will be comfortable – people are dressed in everything from casual jeans and shorts to tuxedos and ball gowns. But, no matter the dress, everyone is having a good time enjoying great food and spirits. Come join us!


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