In the days before Sandy, the quick-thinking staff of Vetro by Russo’s on the Bay removed many of the wine bottles that had been stored in the cellar.
“We were able to save a lot of it the day before by taking it out of the building,” said manager P.J. Connolly.
But when Howard Beach started to flood, the wine cellar and first floor of Vetro were deluged. Nearly everything was destroyed and many of the remaining bottles of the hot spot’s wine were decimated.
Vetro reopened only 38 days after the storm. On Thursday, December 6, four bottles that survived the flood were opened and served in the Vetro foyer to christen the restaurant’s reopening.
So far, the response has been growing from patrons as they start to head back to Vetro.
“Thankfully, we’ve had a nice response from the guests,” Connolly said.