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THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016
The Rockaway Times
Bayview is Back
By Katie McFadden
The Bayview is back! Nearly
three-and-a-half years since the
Broad Channel restaurant met
thebayduringHurricaneSandy,
the Bayview is finally ready to
open its doors. It’s opening with
a new name, Bayview Grille &
Marina, and a completely dif-
ferent look that is sure to blow
people out of the water.
When you walk into the new
and improved Bayview, the
word, “wow” may slip out of
yourmouth.Thosewho remem-
ber the Bayview Restaurant &
Lounge will find themselves
walking into a completely dif-
ferent place, but it’s a transfor-
mation that won’t disappoint.
With a variety of blues on the
walls, decoratedwith beach and
nautical items, the new Bayview
feels like it’s meant to be right
on the water, which can be seen
through its many glass doors
and windows. Taking advantage
of the view and waterfront spot,
the owners made the back deck
even larger, with 100-square-
feet of space that will feature
an outdoor bar, live music and
bayside dining. Inside, you’ll
find a 28-person bar featur-
ing 12 different taps, 16 bottled
beers, wine, and frozen drinks
and specialties like the Colossal
will make a comeback. The bar
will feature 10 65-inch TVs all
around, whichwill play all of the
sporting events you could want,
even things like UFC fights, box-
ing and soccer. The owners, in-
cluding Rob Pisani and Nicky
and Anthony Martelli, put in
careful consideration to detail,
making sure to match the stain-
less steel and light tan wood of
the ceiling with the tables on
the floor. Not wanting to give it
all away, customers can expect
other big surprise changes.
As much of the area has re-
covered since Sandy, three-
and-a-half years may seem
like a long overdue return, but
the Bayview comeback almost
didn’t happen. “Everything
was destroyed. The doors were
gone, the retractable glass atri-
um was gone, the deck disap-
peared, the kitchen basically fell
into the bay, the wood flooring
lifted and cracked. There had
to be $750,000 in losses and we
weren’t covered by anything. I
wanted to bring this place back.
I had it since 1999, but we did
the paperwork for FEMA and
got nothing, we went to SBA,
which said they would give us
a $330,000 loan, but after a few
months, they came back and
said they don’t offer money to
places over wetlands. That’s
when I gave up,” Pisani said.
“Financially I couldn’t do it. It
wasn’t even a thought to come
back until a year ago, around
February or March, when the
landlords came to me and said,
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