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New restaurant to open at former Denny's location

By Louis Bettcher | Jan 13, 2017
Photo by: Louis Bettcher A new, non-chain restaurant is planned to open at the former Denny's location in Rockport in spring 2017.

Rockport — A new restaurant will be moving into the former Denny's location.

Allen Mitchell of McCormick & Associates Builders said Jan. 13 that renovation on the building will result in the opening of a new restaurant.

Mitchell said the planned business will be a family-style restaurant, offering casual fare including burgers and lobster.

The restaurant will be a stand-alone dining establishment and not a chain. The name of the new restaurant is not being disclosed at this time, but Mitchell said it is expected to open in mid-late April.

The Commercial Street (Route 1) location had previously gone through two separate permutations as Denny's: the first Denny's closed its doors to business in 2005. Another Denny's reopened at the location in June 2011, and then announced that would be closing for good on Christmas Eve of 2016.

The interim between the original and second iteration of Denny's saw other restaurants occupying the building. These included a sports bar as well as the Chef's Table, which went out of business in 2007.

Denny's had 21 employees when it closed in December. The property and business are owned by Joe Cloutier of the Camden-Rockport area. A message left at Cloutier's office has not yet been returned.

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Comments (10)
Posted by: WILL MOSS | Jan 17, 2017 11:48

Why couldn't they do burgers and lobster, but with a great salad bar?  Best of both.


Posted by: Donald James Ross | Jan 16, 2017 15:31

I agree, a steak house would be good.  How often can you go afford to go to Primo and pay $11-$12 for a cocktail?<

Posted by: Knight Marine Service | Jan 16, 2017 14:25

Oh why oh why can't we have an awesome BBQ joint like Buck Naked in Freeport!!!!!

Posted by: Sandra Schramm | Jan 16, 2017 10:33

An updated "SALAD PATCH" like we had on Main St. in Rockland!!!  Was so healthy and great options. Miss it alot!  Bob and Denise Pukas had

a brilliant idea and it was so popular!



Posted by: Florance Annie Merrifield | Jan 14, 2017 15:26

A Golden Coral would be great.  We need something with a buffet.

Posted by: Marlene W Dodge | Jan 14, 2017 12:40

How about a Golden Corral?



Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jan 14, 2017 10:45

As close to a genuine diner in menu offerings, hours, and interior design, as possible, with long hours - not the 12-page "Greek diner" menu.  Offer discounted  meal tickets by the month that bring customers in regularly.

Posted by: Carol W Bachofner | Jan 14, 2017 06:25

What we actually need is an AFFORDABLE Italian restaurant. (Primo's is wonderful but not for casual family dining.) I agree a steakhouse would be good too. Unfortunately, unless they SIGNIFICANTLY change decor I fear this new place will also be short-lived.


Posted by: Patricia Weaver | Jan 13, 2017 22:39

Why not a healthy restaurant


Posted by: Laurel E Taylor | Jan 13, 2017 15:21

Why oh why can't it  be a decent steakhouse? ??????

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