For at least three decades, Cherrystones Restaurant was one of the places to eat out and to see and be seen on Shore Road in Old Lyme. Since the restaurant was sold last spring, however, it's been shuttered and closed.
Driving past the property on Route 156 last Friday there were signs of life once again. Admittedly, it was not very promising. A toilet and mattress were propped up near the front entryway—but it did suggest that the new owners might be in the midst of remodeling.
Upon further inspection, however, it turns out that people have been illegally dumping their trash on the Cherrystones' lot. The owners, 100 Acres LLC., engaged the services of Old Lyme company Just Dump It to clear out the numerous mattresses, armchairs, patio furniture, couches, and at least one toilet, that had been illegally dumped on the site.
Just Dump It owner Tom Larson and his coworker Bob Jenkins hauled all the trash from the site yesterday. The company has been pretty busy since Superstorm Sandy hit and is anticipating a busy spring as a lot of homeowners haven't even started clearing out their property since Sandy struck last fall.
Much as they appreciate the business, they still shake their heads at the furniture they're finding behind Cherrystones. It costs just $15 to take a mattress to the dump, Larson noted. The fine for illegal dumping, Larson added, is much higher.
Then again, the people who used the Cherrystones' lot as a dumping ground were never caught.