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Sheepshead Bay restaurants open against all odds after Hurricane Sandy

El Greco, Yiasou, and Randazzo’s open doors after months of agony

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They weathered a beating, but they’re back better than ever, claim Sandy-clobbered businesses in Sheepshead Bay — proving that Brooklynites are tougher than even a super storm.

Hard-hit El Greco Diner, Yiasou, and Randazzo’s Clam Bar celebrated their long haul back from the devastating hurricane that robbed them of electricity for weeks, and sent tons of spoiled meats and vegetables to the Dumpster.

El Greco owner George Venetoklis, who says he lost $60,000 worth of food and thousands more in appliances, declined the $25,000 loan from the Small Business Association and paid for all damages out of pocket because the sum was simply too paltry to address his considerable losses.

“With the amount we lost, that was just a drop in the bucket,” he said.

But not everybody knows that he’s back in business, said the restaurateur.

“The area took such a beating, we’re still receiving five phone calls a day asking if we’re open,” he said. “Business is not back up to where it was beforehand — we still haven’t seen a lot of our regulars.”

Some establishments along the once-bustling shore-front strip remain shuttered, including Seaport Buffet and Baby’s Dream, which are below street level and suffered catastrophic flooding, with seawater soaring to the ceiling on their main floors.

But even competing restaurants — who say a big draw to the neighborhood is the selection of restaurants — are hoping for their quick return.

“I for one really want them to come back,” said Rosemary Randazzo, owner of Randazzo’s Clam Bar. “Around here, it’s the more the merrier.”

Here’s a breakdown of which businesses are open or closed along Emmons Avenue between Sheepshead Bay Road and Nostrand Avenue:

OPEN:

El Greco Diner, Emmons Ave. between Sheepshead Bay Road and E. 19th Street

Cherry Hill Gourmet Market, Emmons Ave. between E. 19th Street and Ocean Avenue

Yiasou, Emmons Ave. between Ocean Avenue and E. 21st Street

Randazzo’s Clam Bar, Emmons Ave. between Ocean Avenue and E. 21st Street

XO Creperie, Emmons Ave. between E. 21st and Dooley streets

Passage, Emmons Ave. between E. 21st and Dooley streets (Note: Elevator not working).

Emmons Bagels, Emmons Ave. between Dooley and E. 23rd streets

Pera Cafe Lounge, Emmons Ave. between Dooley and E. 23rd streets

Siam Orchid Thai Cuisine, Emmons Ave. between Dooley and E. 23rd streets

China Max Chinese Cuisine and Sushi Bar, Emmons Ave. between Dooley and E. 23rd streets

Dessert Palace Bar and Grill, Emmons Ave. between Dooley and E. 23rd streets

Applebee’s, Emmons Ave. between Bedford Avenue and E. 26th Street

Stella Maris Fishing Station, Emmons Ave. between E. 27th and E. 28th streets

Liman Restaurant, Emmons Ave. between E. 27th and E. 28th streets

Roll ‘N’ Roaster, Emmons Ave. between E. 29th Street and Nostrand Avenue

Il Forneto, Emmons Ave. between E. 29th Street and Nostrand Avenue.

STILL CLOSED:

Momoyama Hibachi, Emmons Ave. between E. 19th Street and Ocean Avenue

Fusion, Emmons Ave. between Ocean Avenue and E. 21st Street

Tzar, Emmons Ave. between Ocean Avenue and E. 21st Street

Masal Cafe, Emmons Ave. between E. 19th Street and Ocean Avenue

Seaport Buffet, Emmons Ave. between E. 21st and Dooley streets

Baby’s Dream, Emmons Ave. between E. 21st and Dooley streets

Beer Bar Restaurant, Emmons Ave. between E. 21st and Dooley streets

Top Brgr, Emmons Ave. between Dooley and E. 23rd streets

Paradise Garden, Emmons Ave. between E. 28th and E. 29th streets

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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