Work is underway to open a new restaurant at the Inn at Longshore by year’s end.

Pearl of Longshore, a Mediterranean-style restaurant, is planned to replace Splash, which closed abruptly last October after 18 years.

Neither Rory Tagert, president of Longshore Associates of Westport, which rents the inn from the town and manages the property, nor Mark Backon, one of the new owners with BNG Partners LLC that will run the restaurant, were inclined to provide details about the project when asked recently.

“We would very much like to share our plans, but we really believe it is a bit premature to do that now,” Backon said.

Early stages of renovation to the space, however, appeared to have started during a recent visit.

“It is imperative that a first-class restaurant for all Westporters is in operation for the spring and summer 2015 seasons,” Marpe, who was out of town this week, stated in January when the letter of intent was signed to open Pearl.

In May, however, Backon said extensive renovations were required and pushed the opening date back to December.

“Basically everything is still on track,” Dewey Loselle, the town’s operations director, said.

Loselle said Tagert “went through a search process to find a good tenant to put in there … This group seemed to be very excellent.”

“The town owns the building, but we leased it out competitively years ago to have someone operate it,” he said, noting that Tagert is responsible for paying the town whether or not he has a tenant for the space.