Update: Nov. 13:
Westport's Black Duck Cafe released the following statement regarding the rumors that it had been swept away by Hurricane Sandy:
"The rumors of the demise of The Black Duck Cafe have been greatly exaggerated"…
For those who have heard to the contrary, "The rumors of the demise of The Black Duck Café in Saugatuck have been greatly exaggerated". While Sandy’s tides did reach higher than they ever had previously, no damage was sustained and the infamous “Duck”, as it is affectionately known, was open for business the morning after Sandy’s worst tidal assault.
Supported by numerous viral photos of The Duck surrounded by water on Facebook and local media including Westport Now, and by newscasts by local News 12 initially claiming (and later rescinded) that “The Duck” had floated away – rumors ran rampant that night (e.g., it broke loose and floated out to sea, floated to Port Jefferson, broke in half and sunk, etc.) , despite constant rebuttals made by its owners and employees – especially in social media. Even a week later, business is softer than usual and many customers have been coming relieved to see that they heard wrong.
While The Duck did ‘take on’ about four inches of water at the height of Sandy’s wrath, the tide turned earlier than expected and it survived unscathed. As many local Westporters know, the Duck parking lot does flood when tides are unusually high, and many purposely try to get “flooded in” – joining the camaraderie with those others ‘stranded’ inside! This time around was no acceptation!
Let it be known that The Duck LIVES ON, and hopefully will for many more years to come! Come in and see for yourself…"
The Black Duck Cafe was open for business the day after Hurricane Sandy flooded the shores of the Saugatuck River.
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