When Denny’s restaurant reopens June 26, customers will be able to purchase alcoholic beverages, and off-site catering services will be offered.

Realty Resources Operations Director Brian Mesley said June 8 that a liquor license, obtained for the location for a previous restaurant, would allow the restaurant to serve spirits, but that only wine and beer will be sold at this time.

Rockport Code Enforcement Officer Scott Bickford said June 6 that no permits were needed for the restaurant at 1075 Commercial St. to reopen as a Denny’s.

Bickford said the town has been notified of Realty Resources’ intention to re-establish that business. He said there would be no change of use, but that a sign permit was needed. That application has not been filed.

Rockport-based Realty Resources, and the 1,080-square-foot building that sits on a 4.25-acre lot on Route 1 in Rockport, are owned by Joseph Cloutier of Camden, Bickford said.

The Chef’s Table and American Bar and Grille opened at that location in the spring of 2006. It was formerly home to a Denny’s restaurant, owned by Cloutier. The former Denny’s sat vacant for several months in 2005 before the Chef’s Table moved in and opened for business.

Then, in 2007, the Chef’s Table unexpectedly closed and left the site.

Operating as the Chef’s Table and American Bar and Grille, the former Denny’s building was upgraded and a full-service bar was added along with a gas fireplace and new lighting. In addition to the full-service restaurant, a permanent raised roof was installed over a pavilion on the existing attached deck with seating for 60 diners. That area later became the Great Maine Lobsterbake and operated on a seasonal basis.

Cloutier owns 12 other Denny’s restaurants and two Famous Dave’s BBQ restaurants in New England.

Mesley said the Rockport Denny’s would hire approximately 70 employees in full- and part-time positions, including servers, cooks, dishwashers and hosts. Any interested party is asked to bring a resume to managers at the Commercial Street location anytime from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 226-0280.

The Herald Gazette Reporter Shlomit Auciello can be reached at 207-236-8511 or by email at sauciello@villagesoup.com.