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Photo Gallery: Newport’s Crab Cooker moves out for rebuild

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Jimmy Wasko and his father, Jim, pose under a preserved great white shark at the Crab Cooker, their Newport Beach restaurant that will be torn down and rebuilt. The shark was caught in Newport in 1960, according to the sign dangling above it.

 (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)
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The owner of the Crab Cooker in Newport Beach closed its doors in preparation to tear down the restaurant and rebuild it after it was damaged during construction of the condominiums next door.

 (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)
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An icon within an icon: Workers guide the Crab Cooker’s great white shark out a dining room window for a quick trip to storage.

 (Photo by Hillary Davis)
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The shark is rolled a short distance down Newport Boulevard on a dolly.

 (Photo by Hillary Davis)
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A greeting near Crab Cooker’s fish market reads “Welcome Dear Fish Eaters.”

 (Photo by Hillary Davis)
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