Monday, November 12, 2012
Waterfront Crabhouse severely damaged by hurricane
From DNA Info:
The Waterfront Crabhouse has always been more than a seafood restaurant to its patrons.
The Borden Avenue eatery — known for its menu of oysters, scallops, crab and lobster — is a neighborhood landmark and also an unofficial museum of boxing, where the club Ring 8 has held its monthly meetings for years.
But now the restaurant, which first opened in 1977, will have to start from the scratch, after it was flooded during Hurricane Sandy and forced to close, said owner Tony Mazzarella.
The restaurant, at 2-03 Borden Ave., was inundated in 6 feet of water, Mazzarella said. The flooding destroyed floors, furniture and memorabilia that decorated the walls, including old posters and boxing gloves.
Only the items that had been hanging highest survived, he said.
The restaurant, where customers also enjoy steaks and prime rib, is located in a building that dates back to 1881.
Amid numerous changes in the neighborhood, the Crabhouse had been an outpost of the old Long Island City that was filled with manufacturing jobs.
Mazzarella, 75, said it will take about three months to reopen following the storm.