Dock & Dine Restaurant in Old Saybrook is preparing for a new chapter.
The restaurant will close Wednesday and will not reopen until the summer of 2014.
It was hit hard by Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.
“It was surprising to see it was like everything collapsed on its side and everything shattered,” said general manager of the restaurant Mari Kodama.
To make sure the dining with a view restaurant doesn’t continue to get beaten and battered they are raising the structure 15 feet above sea level.
Right now it’s at 4.5 feet above sea level.
Not everything will be lost when it’s demolished. Patrons have the chance to sign the piece of an old dock that will then
be displayed when Dock & Dine reopens.
Locals who have been coming to the restaurant for decades say it’s bittersweet.
“They’ll end up with a nicer place when it’s all said and done,” said Larry Bonin.
“There’s been a lot of memories. Tie your boat up here if you want. Life goes on, right?” said Tom Mitchell.
There will be an auction on Nov. 5 and then the final demolition should take place in mid to late November with an opening date in the summer of 2014.
The final hours are being documented on their website, you can click here to take a look.