Owner of closed Hu Ke Lau close to finalizing Brunelle’s Marina deal

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The owner of the recently closed Hu Ke Lau in Chicopee has his sights set on a location on the Connecticut River.

Luke Brunelle told 22News he and restaurant owner Andy Yee are discussing a long-term lease of his family owned restaurant, Dockside.

A new restaurant may replace the Dockside at Brunelle’s Marina on the Connecticut River in South Hadley.   

22News found out Marina owner, Luke Brunelle could be close to finalizing a deal with his longtime friend and restaurateur Andy Yee, of the Bean Restaurant Group. 

Yee owns eight restaurants, which employ some 400 people.  

Brunelle told 22News, Yee would be leasing his landmark, family-owned restaurant.

“They have a great track record in the restaurant and food service business,” Brunelle said. “Not that we’ve done a bad job, we’ve been at this business for 41 years now, running it as Dockside, but it’s evolved from a small ‘shot and beer joint’ to a full-blown restaurant.”

“It’s a great vista,” Yee told 22News. “It’s a great staple of the community. We’re going to put a little more shine on to that and we’re excited to be a part of that.”

Brunelle said the deal should be finalized by the summer. 

Luke Brunelle told 22News he’s not retiring, and that he wants to focus on the marina.

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