Nov. 15, 2012 By Bill Parry
The landmark Riverview Restaurant reopened on Wednesday night—more than two weeks after suffering extensive damage from Superstorm Sandy.
Tony Raouf, the restaurant owner, said the restaurant experienced significant damage that proved to be extremely costly.
He said the restaurant was flooded with three feet of water, adding that workers had to replace the dry wall and wood paneling on the lower half of every wall. Furthermore, the entire dining room and adjoining sports bar had to be repainted—while the tile work and electrical wiring all had to be replaced.
Raouf said he was fortunate that he had “saved for a rainy day.” He said that he had the funds on hand to be able hire a “small army” of contractors to do the necessary work.
Meanwhile, Doris Nowillo Suda, the restaurant manager, said: “We lost over $20,000 of food alone.”
“Our gardens were uprooted and swept away,” Suda said. “We even sustained damage from debris from the construction sites around us.”
Suda also said that the restaurant was able to retain 99% of its staff. “Everyone stuck together and helped out,” she said, adding that the restaurant is “now calling all of our regulars to let them know that we’re back open.”