A popular Canton Restaurant now offers a new dining experience — PIER 44 at Saybrook Fish House.
Joe Addonizio, general manager and partner for Saybrook Fish House, said the restaurant has started small for its outdoor seating option, putting out 6 to 8
tables and offering a full lunch and a limited but fairly extensive PIER 44 dinner
"We want to take it slow and do it right," Addonizio said.
The patio already features pavers, plantings, a rocky edge that emulates a riverbed, sea-themed decor and cut poles in the front that give a Cape Cod Pier feel.
"It gives us the nautical feel we were hoping for," Addonizio said.
Sitting on the patio is designed to be its own experience, he said.
"This area was created for those who want to take their time and relax, take a mini vacation, have fun under the sun or stars, even if they just want to come meet up with friends and enjoy some beverages, conversation and the great atmosphere," he said.
Monday through Saturday, lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. and will be offered until 4 p.m., when the restaurant switches to its PIER 44 dinner menu. Saturday lunch begins at noon. On Sunday only the PIER 44 menu will be offered beginning at noon.
Seating will be first come and guests can enter the patio right from the parking lot. Except for service dogs, pets are not allowed by health code. Neither is smoking. A banner outside the fence will indicate the patio is open. Addonizio expects it will be open through Halloween but said the timeline is flexible and weather dependent.
The restaurant received the go-ahead for approximately 1,600 square feet of outdoor dining space from the Canton Zoning Commission in March.
The restaurant also almost exclusively used local contractors, many who live in Canton, and thanked the following businesses:
- Julius and Gail of Realty Works, LLC
- Collinsville Savings Society
- Shawn Fontaine, Owner of KayCon Electric
- Tom Hinman of Riverside Nursery
- Town of Canton
- Rich Van de Bogart of Stoneworks, LLC
- Phil Doyle of Landscape Architectural Design Associates
- Daniel Bahre of Canton Village Construction
- Doug Corry of Special Projects
- David Miner of Miner's Lumber
- Jonathan Phelps of Phelpscape
The building was constructed in the late 1970s, according to town records and was once home to Crossroads Raw Bar. In 1979, that restaurant received permission to expand from 432 square feet to 2,144 square feet.
Saybrook Fish House in Canton was established in 1984, according to the restaurant’s web site.