Charlie's Boat Yard, the seasonal restaurant at the Small Boat Harbor, opens April 20, for lunch.
Changes from last year include more dining seating, and a broader menu, said John Skipper, an owner. The restaurant, at 1111 Fuhrman Blvd., replaced Dug's Dive on the Buffalo waterfront.
About 90 percent of the restaurant's staff is returning, Skipper said. That should allow the restaurant to cut down on excessive wait times that plagued the operation during the start of last summer's run. "We got much, much better as the season went on, and by the end of the year we were fine," Skipper said.
Additions to the menu will include a soft-shell crab sandwich and shrimp scampi, Skipper said.
This season there will be more outdoor dining seats, increasing the dining capacity to about 110, he said, up from last year's capacity of about 70. The outdoor bar will also be open on April 20, weather permitting.
Kitchen hours will be 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday. Phone: 828-1600.
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