Bronx Restaurant Tony’s Pier Victim of Sandy-Fueled Fire

The popular restaurant plans to rebuild

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.

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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."