Old Dock Opening July 1

The Old Dock Restaurant in Essex, NY undergoing renovations for the summer of 2011

The Old Dock Restaurant in Essex, NY undergoing renovations for the summer of 2011.

I stopped by The Old Dock Restaurant on Thursday to catch up with Steve McKenna who was pruning hedges and getting the parking lot ready for their July 1 opening date. Really? Really!

Despite totally record breaking Lake Champlain flooding, McKenna has worked around the clock for weeks to revitalize this Essex, NY landmark. I can’t begin to guess how many times I’ve been asked about the Old Dock this spring. It’s one of the iconic Essex buildings on the waterfront, and for many the images of the entire restaurant, parking lot and pier submerged for almost two months seemed an insurmountable challenge. And yet, miraculously, the Old Dock is back on her feet and promises to be better than ever.

I look forward to a frosty libation and a perfect sunset soon… Who’s coming?

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The Old Dock Restaurant

The Old Dock Restaurant

The Old Dock Restaurant is a seasonal restaurant and bar located in the Historic Hamlet of Essex, New York. Guests arrive by automobile, private boat or on the Charlotte-Essex… Slips are available for our guests who arrive by boat. Passengers on the Charlotte-Essex ferry have the option to leave their automobiles in the free parking lot at Charlotte and when they arrive in Essex stroll a few feet to the Old Dock. Parking is available on site for those guests who arrive by automobile. (via The Old Dock Restaurant)

Essex Shipyard and Rudder Club

Essex Shipyard in Essex, NY

Essex Shipyard in Essex, NY

Come dine with us while taking in the spectacular views of Lake Champlain and Vermont landscape… Our Marina offers boaters a place to take occupancy for the summer, weekend or evening… Essex is a great place to enjoy the splendors of the boating on Lake Champlain with all of the Adirondack recreation you can take in. (via Essex Shipyard & Rudder Club.)