STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) -- A shoreline restaurant is closing its doors at the end of the week after 27 years.
It's a bittersweet week for the owner, the staff, and the customers of one Stonington Borough destination.
People come to Skipper's Dock as much for the food and the spectacular view as they do for owner Ainsley Turner.
"Her staff and the chef are just excellent," said Paul Taylor, "they're the nicest people."
Turner has run restaurants for 45 years: 27 of them at the helm of Skipper's Dock in Stonington Borough. Six months ago her landlord, who owns The Inn at Stonington, told her that her lease would not be renewed.
"It's like a little piece of my family got ripped away," said Turner.
The move sinks her livelihood, as well as the livelihood of her son who took over when her husband passed away, and the rest of the staff.
"Talk to some of these girls they just have been so loyal," she said. "Have to find a new home for them too. It's important."
"A lot of restaurants aren't hiring right now, so it's going to be tough," said waitress and bartender Jackie Dubuque.
Some ladies News 8 ran into Monday didn't realize it would be their last meal at Skippers.
"It's a shame," said Susan Heise, "it will be sad to see it closed."
The impact will be felt beyond the restaurant. Skipper's Dock is a destination and it brought a lot of people to Stonington Borough.
Stonington Jewelry at Canon Square is right across the street.
"It's going to hurt our business because people would come and wander around the borough after eating dinner or lunch," said Stephen Salomonson, Stonington Jewelry at Canon Square.
The location will be hard to match but Turner plans to serve up the same food and hospitality again.
"I'm not ready to go away yet," Turner said.
The folks who may benefit from the closing are the other restaurant owners in town.
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