"If we ever get back open and there is some business ... it may have been a smart idea instead of a really dumb idea, which is the way it looks right now."

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With doors currently closed to area restaurants due to the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping our nation, it’s a bit odd to see a restaurant adding on.


"If we ever get back open and there is some business ... it may have been a smart idea instead of a really dumb idea, which is the way it looks right now," said Dewey Destin, owner of Dewey Destin’s Seafood Restaurant, which sits on Choctawhatchee Bay north of the Destin bridge.


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Dewey Destin’s is in the middle of building a double-deck addition to its restaurant that has been closed since March 20 due to the threat of the coronavirus.


Destin said the addition has been in the planning for quite some time.


"The old restaurant is over the water and it’s getting pretty old ... any kind of hurricane that’s even close to us is going to wreck the heck out of that," Destin said.


The restaurant has been open on the bayside since 2001.


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"We wanted to build some more dining area that wasn’t over the water, but was on pilings and hopefully survive. That was the original intent," he said.


"Plus it would give us overflow seating ... which at this point it doesn’t look like we need that," Destin added. "But in the future we hope we will."


The plans for the two-story deck have been on the drawing board since 2015.


"We’d been plugging along at it for awhile and we finally started of course at the most inopportune time," he said.


The new expansion is two stories and can seat up to about 50 or 60 people. It will be like the original restaurant, casual with picnic-type tables.


The upper deck will not have a roof, while the bottom is built so water can wash through if a storm blows in.


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"I’ve been through a lot of hurricanes, seen it wipe stuff out in the ’70s. It’s just a matter of time before that happens again," Destin said. "At least this one has a chance to survive."


Destin said construction on the new addition should be complete in another week.


"Then we’re not in a rush until the government says we can open back up," he said.


However, he said if the powers that be allow them to open back up with social distancing, they would now have plenty of room to spread out.


"I’m just hoping to get back into some kind of semblance or business by Memorial Day," he said.