Dennis Port spices it up with new restaurants
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Plates full of food are served up at Viera, which recently opened in the old Friendly’s in West Harwich.
Cape Cod Times/Ron Schloerb
By ROBERT GOLD
April 15, 2014
It’s a short drive on Route 28 between the former The Egg & I restaurant in Dennis Port and the former Friendly’s restaurant, just over the line in West Harwich.
But lately, there has been plenty of action along that strip, which is just over a quarter-mile long.
Viera, a dinner-only American restaurant, opened last week at 11 Route 28 in West Harwich. Owners Ben and Angela Porter installed a bar and did heavy renovations to the building that was a longtime Friendly’s and, more recently, a 1950s-style family diner.
In Dennis Port, The Egg & I is being renovated and transformed by owner Greg Burns from a longtime breakfast buffet restaurant into a casual American breakfast-lunch-dinner restaurant with a liquor license. The new incarnation, South Street Depot, is slated to open in late May.
In between the two new restaurants, The Red Nun Bar & Grill, which opened in Chatham a decade ago, is opening a second location at 673 Route 28 in Dennis Port.
Mike Giorgio, a co-owner of the restaurant, said he’ll have an extended bar section with several craft beers.
He expects to open the new Red Nun sometime in the first half of May.
Ben Porter welcomes the flurry of activity, saying the trio of establishments will help people think more of the area as a destination for its restaurant scene.
“I think it’s just going to raise people’s awareness,” he said.
Porter grew up in Harwich and lives there now. He was executive chef at Belfry Bistro in Sandwich for three years.
Porter said the menu at Viera is homemade, including the bread and ice cream.
“We make our own everything,” he said.
Donald Robitaille, head of the Dennis Port Revitalization Committee, said the new restaurants will help boost the area’s nightlife scene, especially since all three spots are within a short walk from each other.
“There hasn’t been foot traffic in Dennis Port in forever,” Burns said.
He also owns the Oyster Company Raw Bar and Grille on Depot Street, which he bought in 2009. That’s right next to his new restaurant. But the new spot will be more lower priced, Burns said. His new spot will still have a breakfast buffet, he said.
“We want to take that and expand,” Burns said. He bought the The Egg & I last year and ran it for its final months.