Better Day's ahead: Yarmouth Route 1 landmark gets structural overhaul

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YARMOUTH — A well-known seafood shack on Route 1 is propped up on stilts and getting a much-needed structural overhaul.

By the time the restaurant reopens next spring, Day’s Crabmeat & Lobster at 1269 Route 1 will have a new foundation, deck and paved parking lot.

Owners Dennis and Sandra Owens run the restaurant, a staple for seafood lovers since 1926.

Although Day’s has been for sale in the recent past, Sandra Owens said the business is not moving and will serve lobster and crab rolls to customers by May.

“The flooring was almost 18 inches off from the front to the back,” she said. “It was definitely time to level out the building.”

Owens said her first job as a 16-year old was at Day’s. When the owners retired after 35 years, she had the opportunity to purchase the business.

“This is a great business,” she said. “I’ve been here so long I’m part of the woodwork.”

Barney Baker of Baker Design Consultants is the Owens’ agent. He said the design improvements include a new foundation and leveling of the structure. The parking lot will also be leveled and resurfaced and drainage will be improved. There are plans to install a ramp to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and a new deck will be constructed.

“The improvements are structural,” Baker said. “And when it is complete, it will open for business next spring.”

Because the restaurant is in the Resource Protection district, the improvements needed Planning Board approval.

According to Planning Department’s Notice of Decision, the application was accepted on Oct. 28 with a few conditions. Grasses and native plantings must be allowed to grow to create a buffer area and there be no parking next to the dumpster. The town reserves the right to request documentation of the cleaning and inspections of oil and grease trap catch basins, and a new two-foot sump pit will be constructed to prevent sedimentation of the water body.

Since the weather has been cooperative and unseasonably warm, Owens said the work has been moving along quickly.

She said she is looking forward to completing the project and is sure it will look great.

“We will do all we can before the snow hits, and then finish it off in the spring,” she said.

Customers can expect to enjoy local lobsters, crab rolls and fish by the first of May.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or

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n-yardays-111909.jpgDay’s Crabmeat & Lobster on Route 1 in Yarmouth is up in the air to allow improvements to the building’s foundation.