NORTH HAVEN — After 54 years in a landmark building on Route 5, Dino’s Seafood relocated up the street.
The business announced the move from the 540 Washington Ave. location on Facebook in April.
“It is a bittersweet time for us,” the post said. “but we are excited for this change and can’t wait for you to experience the new and improved Dino’s.”
Dino’ Seafood, which opened in 1957, is currently owned by Chris Fritz and his father Bob Fritz. The restaurant is known for its fried seafood and hot dogs.
Chris Fritz said the new location, 323 Washington Ave., is a storefront in a newer plaza and more family friendly.
“It was time to move on and get a fresh start,” Fritz said. “We wanted to downsize a little bit and get a new atmosphere.”
The business opened this weekend and a grand opening is planned in a couple of weeks.
“Dino’s has been a mainstay in North Haven for decades,” said Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ray Andrewsen.. “We are very pleased they are going to be right next to Chamber member Sylvia Confection Connection.”
Sylvia Confection Connection’s owner Sylvia Rubino said she is excited that Dino’s will be her new neighbor.
“I think it’s great Dino’s is moving next door,” Rubino said. “I’ve gone to Dino's every Friday night since I was a little girl. My family still goes every Friday night now.”
Fritz said during the pandemic the business did a lot of takeout and that convinced him that although the business would be downsizing, he would not lose customers.
Customers can expect the same menu and quality of food. The restaurant will also offer outdoor dining with about five to seven tables. The new location can seat about 40 inside.
“The atmosphere here is totally different. It’s fun, it’s exciting in comparison to the other place,” the Fritz said. “I’m excited and nervous.”
The current hours listed for the restaurant are Tuesday to Thursday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday noon to 8 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.