The former Dock at the Bay, on the Lake Erie shore in Blasdell, plans to open by Memorial Day weekend.
Now called The Dock Waterfront Bar & Grill, the restaurant at 3800 Hoover Road has been touched up with interior work that included refinished floors, said Charles Barone, an owner.
The restaurant will be open for Memorial Day weekend, Barone said, possibly as soon as May 26.
Its tavern menu will be expanded to include more seafood, with a New England angle, including more fish, clams, oysters, he said, and possibly dishes like lobster rolls and chowder. There’ll be steak for surf-and-turf combinations, too.
The building, which is 211 years old, has 12,000 square feet of space, Barone said, including a banquet room upstairs with a separate kitchen. That could seat about 250 people, he said. Downstairs, there’s a 42-foor bar inside, and seats for about 80 people.
Outdoors, there’s a square bar, and stage for live music. (May 27, ExIT; May 28, Strictly Hip; May 29, Zeis and the Muckrakers.) Volleyball teams are already lined up for its two courts.
The Dock is now owned by the same group as MidTown Kitchen, which opened Monday. Other owners include Thomas Cowan, Samantha Soltis, William Paladino and Scott Petch, Barone said.
“We want to pick it up a little bit,” he said, “add more consistency, and really showcase the style of that place and its character.”
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