Nearly all the businesses have re-opened since last week’s devastating flash flood in Port Jefferson Village. All except one.
Among the locations that were severely damaged from the stormwater — Theatre Three, Old Fields, and Ruvo East — Ruvo East has announced it will be closed until further notice.
But, according to ownership, the goal is to re-open as soon as possible.
“It was a pretty traumatic event,” said Joseph DeNicola of DeNicola Brothers Concepts, which owns Ruvo East. “But we are moving forward.”
“It penetrated the roof, it came up from the drain, and it came through the doors,” DeNicola told GreaterPortJeff.
Although flooding is typical in downtown Port Jefferson because of the area’s high water tables, last week’s storm was seemingly unprecedented.
“Four and a half inches in one hour; it never rains like that, ever,” said Port Jefferson Village Mayor Margot Garant. “People who have lived down here never seen that in their lifetime. It was an impossible amount of water to be handled by the infrastructure.”
The damage from the waterfall in the restaurant at 105 Wynn Lane is well into the thousands, according to DeNicola.
“We cleaned the place and threw away all the necessary equipment,” he said. “We are in the reconstruction stage, drying everything out and disinfecting.”
DeNicola Brothers Concepts, which owns several Long Island restaurants — including La Tavola in Sayville, Ruvo West in Greenlawn, and several Del Fuego locations — opened Ruvo East back in 2005.
DeNicola wants to continue his tradition in Port Jefferson.
“The people are great in Port Jefferson,” said DeNicola. “We have an excellent clientele.”
Some of the Ruvo East’s patrons took to social media to support their eatery.
“Best restaurant in Port Jeff,” wrote Facebooker Anne Verderber Lennstrom. “So sorry you have to go through this mess!”
“Good luck was hoping to come this weekend, hope for a speedy recovery!” wrote Brian Stoma.
Top: File photo of Ruvo East