ORLEANS, Mass. — Cape Cod officials have ended the town’s lease with a popular fried clam shack that was threatening to collapse due to extreme beach erosion.

The Cape Cod Times reports the Orleans Board of Selectmen voted 4-1 Monday to terminate its lease with the owner of Liam’s at Nauset Beach. The restaurant will be razed for an emergency restoration of the dune at the beach hit hard by the March 2 nor’easter.

Liam’s has been a Cape Cod staple since opening in the 1950s. Selectman David Currier, who casted the dissenting vote, says he has been going to the restaurant since he was “in diapers.”

The nor’easter had wiped away much of the sand under the building’s foundation.

Liam’s owner John Ohman says it’s been an honor to serve the town.

Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, http://www.capecodtimes.com

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