It was the “must stop”place each summer when you were traveling back and forth to the beach, the kitschy, family- friendly restaurant in Old Saybrook known for its clam hash and a “down home” charm that was just plain “kute.”
After nearly 40 years, owner Pat Brink and her family have closed the doors on the landmark shoreline eatery.
“I don’t think we have had five weeks vacation in 30 years,” said Brink’s son, Gary, who with his sister, Laurie, have been doing the heavy lifting at the place since their mom retired a few years ago. “It is bittersweet, the closing, and it’s been a long, wonderful run,” he said Thursday. “My mom is the most broken-hearted because it’s been our life but we are ready for a change.”
Brink said the building is leased to a Florida restaurateur who plans to reopen it as a different kind of eatery soon.