Mari Kodama has been through this before. In fact last fall she reopened Dock & Dine after it was closed for a year for Irene repairs. Two and a half weeks later Sandy hit shutting it down again.
But they didn't give up. They are now reopened temporarily for the summer season and in the fall they will tear down completely and rebuild again 15 feet higher - well above the damaging waves.
"It's a great location. I mean you can't beat it. We're right on the water. We're right at the mouth of the river," Kodama said.
Apparently many others agree. For the past few months people have been driving through the parking lot wondering when this day would come.
"Coming down I said let's go check it out," said Elaine Fazzino of Portland. "I said how in the world could he redo it again after what he went through. It's amazing."
The dining room looks the same, but the bar, which was wiped away by waves, is now in the banquet hall.
Talk about tuning a negative into a positive. The brand new enclosed bar area was destroyed by the storm, but now it's a brand new deck.
The deck sits over the same water that flooded the building twice before. But from those waters this Old Saybrook restaurant has risen again.
"It's been an institution for so long that it needs to be here," said Evelyn Jones, who visits from South Carolina. "It's part of what the shoreline represents and it always has been."
Dock & Dine opens for dinner Friday night and will serve lunch starting Saturday.
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