Kennedy’s Restaurant is back!

Cheers: Diners toast to the new Kennedy’s Restaurant.
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They’re back in business!

The iconic Kennedy’s Restaurant in Breezy Point — destroyed by Hurricane Sandy — reopened on Oct. 29, exactly two years after the superstorm devastated the neighborhood.

One loyal customer said holding the grand reopening on the traumatic anniversary was a good way to help locals heal.

“It is sort of cathartic to get together and talk about our experiences and what we lost,” said Moira Duffy. “Everyone was so happy to have Kennedy’s back because it is an iconic place of the town.”

Locals wined and dined at the waterfront eatery, which is now serving dishes from its dinner menu — such as seafood pasta and duck — and will begin serving brunch and lunch in December.

Duffy said since Kennedy’s Restaurant closed after Sandy, she often longed to eat there so the grand reopening was the perfect way to observe the anniversary.

“After Sandy, I don’t know how many times I said to my sister, ‘Let’s go to Kennedy’s for lunch,’ ” said Duffy. “Everyone was kind of saying, ‘What are we going to do?’ — and this was perfect.”

Reach reporter Vanessa Ogle at or by calling (718) 260–4507. Follow her
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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