Patty Hensley – Owner

Captain Pattie’s Fish House

The structure at Captain Pattie’s has served as several types of businesses in its past, but none more lasting than now, owned by John and Patty. The building was purchased in the fall of 1997 and underwent a costly and difficult renovation (a combination of 3 separate buildings), opening in May of 2000. The most difficult transformation was that of the kitchen.


John started working in the culinary world at 14 and was working full time as a dinner chef when he graduated from high school in Kodiak. At age 19 he accepted a position as head chef at a construction camp at Chandalar Camp, Atigun Pass on the “then” Haul Road (now Dalton Highway), between Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay supporting construction efforts on the Trans Alaska Pipeline. John served continuously as head chef of several other sites including Pump Stations 5, 6 and 10, 7-mile camp, Franklin Bluffs, Livengood, and several restaurants in Fairbanks and Anchorage, to name just a few.


Patty, after graduating and attending business school, has been involved in retail sales and customer service for the past 30 plus years. Patty knows how to satisfy the public. An extremely hard working and self-disciplined person she passionately manages our employees involved in face to face contact with customers and is a favorite face at the restaurant. She is loved by locals, employees and tourists alike and is the one face seen daily, by all, year in and year out. She is the heart and soul of our restaurant.


Together John and Patty continuously strive to do their best at buying and serving the best and freshest ingredients, nudging and teaching our employees to excel no matter their job, and serving their customers with efficiency, speed and, most importantly, with pride and respect. Without satisfied and happy customers we realize all is for naught.