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Dock & Dine reopening again at Saybrook Point

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OLD SAYBROOK, CT (WFSB) -

Eight months after Superstorm Sandy destroyed a favorite shoreline dining spot and it has reopened, again, just in time for summer.

The Dock & Dine was closed for most of last year to rebuild after Hurricane Irene caused considerable damage. It was open a month before Sandy hit, causing significant damage to building.

"Well, I didn't stop to think about it that much. If I did, I probably would have been discouraged," restaurant owner Jon Kodama said. "We were so excited when we opened after Irene and saw what it could be."

The restaurant will be demolished after Columbus Day and then the owners rebuild a brand-new facility to meet FEMA codes about 15 feet higher.

"I'm actually working on the design of the new building now," said Kodama, who added he was thrilled to open again. "I'm excited about it with decks and a different layout." 

Faithful patrons lined up for temporary restaurant's reopening Friday.

Old Saybrook First Selectman Carl Fortuna and the owner of Saybrook Point Inn Stephen Tagliatela joined Kodama for minigolf at the town-owned course, which was also destroyed by Sandy.

"This is a destination for people in the region and for people in our town," Fortuna said.

Boaters returned to the Saybrook Point Inn after $2 million in repairs caused by Sandy. 

Tagliatela told Eyewitness News their docks have been rebuilt with new utilities and even has a state-of-the-art concrete wave breaker to protect the marina from future storm damage.

"We're fully operational today I can say and I can sleep a little easier," Tagliatela said.

The Dock & Dine, which employs more than 90 workers, is expected to serve about 300 meals, according to Kodama.

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