New food, new look: Seagrape revamps for summer dining

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Bob Manere has been at the helm of Seagrape Café, a Fairfield Beach hub at 1160 Reef Road,  for about eight months, and already has made sweeping changes to the look of the local pub.

As the college party scene leaves town, new bathrooms, a decor of beach painting and photography, and a menu of fresh seafood are part of the restaurant’s new mission to invite beach locals to a restaurant often overlooked for seafood dining.

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Recent additions to the menu include a one-and-a-quarter pound Maine lobster dinner, oyster baskets, crab cakes and pesto shrimp skewers.

Manere said that although the Seagrape has long been viewed as merely a late-night college scene, there is much restaurant potential, especially with a cleaner environment and better decor.

Rows of booths have replaced a long wall-side bench, bathrooms have been entirely refurbished and historic town photography of beachgoers from the early 20th century and waterfront landscapes hang above tables.

“We’re trying to make this place inviting for everyone,” said manager Carlos Carmo Jr.

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