Lenny’s Pizzeria will be back


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan. The front windows of Lenny’s have been boarded up after a fire tore through the popular pizzeria last week.

Despite a devastating fire that tore through Lenny’s Pizzeria, the popular neighborhood hallmark of three decades will reopen in a few weeks.

Co-owner Andrew Mastrangelo said the fire was electrical and started because of a neon sign in their front window.

At 7:47 a.m. on October 17, firefighters in Battalion 39 responded to the one-alarm fire at Lenny’s at 164-02 Cross Bay Boulevard.

There were no reported injuries.

The building still stands, but the fire shattered all three major display windows and seared signs, wires, furniture and most of the restaurant’s interior. The front windows have been boarded up, and debris strewn outside the store from the fire’s destruction has been cleaned up.

Although fire officials originally reported massive damages throughout and to the front of the store, Mastrangelo said the damage to the store was not as bad aspreviously thought. He said most of the damage was to the front of the building.

Mastrangelo said he’s still waiting to hear the exact estimate of the damages.

“We thank our customers for their concern and support,” he said. “We are glad our customers are standing by us in this time of need, and we will be back soon.”

With additional reporting by Alexa Altman.