Beloved by seafood enthusiasts in an area of the Bronx known for its aquatic offerings, Tony’s Pier Restaurant on City Island fell prey to a fire that leveled the building at 1 City Island Avenue. The fire ignited around 8 p.m., encouraged by massive gusts that blew flames sideways.
One hundred-forty firefighters responded to the scene and were able to keep the blaze at bay. No injuries were reported.
The restaurant, long a destination for its fried shrimp baskets, fried clams, and calamari, has maintained a fighting spirit. In a message on their Facebook page, Tony’s Pier Restaurant said they planned to reopen in a new location.
Citing a downed telephone line as the culprit, they wrote, "Our restaurant will be back stronger and better than ever. Brand-new building, same great family, and same great food. We are looking to re-open in the Spring of 2013. Thank you for all of your support. We look forward to seeing you soon."