It’s a mixture of bad news, good news.

The 3 Crabs Restaurant, a Sequim institution for decades, is being sold and will likely be closing after this summer. The purchaser is the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the nearly 52 acres of land and tidelands at the property will be restored and improved for public access.

This is the marshland west of the restaurant. There is also marshland to the restaurant’s south. I’m not sure what the boundaries of the parcel are, but the location is wonderful. The parking lot fronts a beach on Dungeness Bay and has a great view of the New Dungeness Lighthouse to the north and Mount Baker and the Cascades to the east. Beach access now requires climbing over boulders and can be tricky for aging knees.