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New Italian restaurant opens in Kennebunk Maine

KENNEBUNK, Maine — It was 101 years ago the SS Wandby crashed on the rocks off the coast of the Kennebunks, its stranded crew to be showered with housing, food, and entertainment by locals.

“It was kind of like the beginning of hospitality here in Kennebunk,” said Matt Dyer, who with his wife, Mariah, opened Wandby Landing Restaurant this month.

The couple are the newest stewards of the 19th-century farmhouse at 46 Western Ave. that for the last 30 years have served as a restaurant, most recently On the Marsh Bistro.

Co-owners Mariah and Matt Dyer recently opened Wandby Landing, a new restaurant in Kennebunk on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

The Dyers hope Wandby Landing can live up to the story behind its name with fine wines, cocktails and an Italian menu built around handmade pasta.

“That’s something we aspire to,” said Matt, 40, who with Mariah, 38, lives in Kennebunkport.

The couple have worked for the last 18 months to update the farmhouse that was built around 1850. Matt said they are expanding the restaurant’s bar from eight seats to 22, maintaining its gardens and adding a pizza oven that will soon be up and running.

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