Seven months after getting destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, the iconic Coast Guard House in Narragansett re–opens Friday, but a rainy Memorial Day Weekend could put a damper on the restaurant's grand re–opening.
The Coast Guard House sign still lying on the ground, Thursday, crews frantically trying to repair the iconic restaurant in Narragansett.
Floor boards need to be replaced, tables set up, the downstairs level won't be ready for months, destroyed by Tropical Storm Sandy last Fall.
"It was a set back," said owner Robert Leonard, "We lost a lot of equipment and furniture, and we just lost a lot of time to be out of business."
the second floor of the Coast Guard House opens Friday for lunch, but there's bad news.
"It's going to rain. You know what, that happens, and of course it is because it's the anticipation of being open, and we haven't served a customer for seven months," said Leonard.
All of the restaurant's second floor seating is outside. And the awning that usually covers the deck is still broken, so Memorial Day weekend customers will be stuck in the rain.
Just down the street, "Aunt Carrie's" is hoping to benefit from the bad weather. In addition to outside seating, they have dozens of inside tables for people to sit.
"People are going to have to look for different places to go," said Aunt Carrie's manager Phillip Perron.
But loyal Coast Guard House customers said they won't let a little rain dampen their sprits.
"I want to support the local economy, and like I said, this is one of my favorite places in the entire state," said Ed Kane from Exeter.
About half of the Coast Guard House's 100 employees were working on the repairs, Thursday, making sure the restaurant is ready no matter what mother nature brings.