OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WTNH)-- A restaurant with a long history on the Connecticut shoreline is about to enter a new chapter and you're invited to be a part of it.
The Dock and Dine was devastated by Hurricanes Sandy and Irene and now it's being knocked down.
The shoreline favorite is about to undergo a major change and folks have a chance to be a permanent part of its history and future.
Dave and Jane Marx are the first to sign the wooden plank.
The plank is part of the deck which washed up onto the parking lot. Devastating storms are forcing Dock & Dine to now completely rebuild after it closes next week.
"Basically where the ceiling is, is where the floor will be for the new building," said Mari Kodama, Dock & Dine.
The new design raises the restaurant ten feet higher and hopefully above the fray of future storms.
"I'm glad they're going to redo it. It's a great place look at the view," said Katie Nappi, Southington.
Irene shutdown the Old Saybrook restaurant for 360 days, 2 months after it reopened Sandy struck.
"People would be devastated if it wasn't here anymore. They were devastated when they had to rebuild for two times," said Susan Goldstein, Shelton.
This plank dock-umenting the past and now part of the popular restaurant's future.
When asked if it'll be big enough, Kodama said "we have four of them."
If you want to take a piece of history home, go there November 5th. They'll be auctioning off the chairs and other furniture. Anything they won't be using in the new restaurant.
"It's bittersweet our last day's next Wednesday the 30th and ten more days at this elevation and this restaurant has been here since the late 40's," said Kodama.
Kodama's family has owned Dock & Dine since 1987.
Construction on the new building will begin as soon as the winter weather breaks with a targeted opening of June 21st, the first day of summer.
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