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Restaurant strives to reopen and remodel after fire damage

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 10:01 am

Nino’s Pizza in Callao’s burned ceiling insulation is getting replaced and everything else is receiving a makeover.

On July 18, Nino Randazzo of Nino’s Pizza in Callao made an announcement on their Facebook page, “Ninos will be temporarily closed due to an electrical fire at the Buy Rite in our building. We are working on smoke damage and getting things back in order as quickly as possibly. The Randazzo family wants to thank the community for their support and patience and are very sorry for the inconvenience.”

On July 23, they made another post, “Nino and Family want to thank local firefighters, Rescue Squad and Sheriff department on their quick response to putting out the fire at Callao Buy Rite / Nino’s Pizza. Also we want to thank all our customers for their support and prayers. Nino’s will be reopening as soon as possible. God bless.”

The fire, which started at the adjacent business, Buy Rite, traveled through the ceiling between the two businesses, and the insulation above Nino’s was burned causing massive smoke damage throughout the restaurant. The business had to be closed and the ceiling removed so the insulation could be cleaned out and replaced, a massive undertaking. The businesses rooftop air conditioning units were also damaged in the fire. Mr. Randazzo is currently working with Bay Restoration of Kilmarnock to finish repairs as quickly as possible.

Nino Randazzo was born in Sicily, and came to the US in 1978. Working hard and building his business, he opened his 1st location in Callao in 1987, and later moved to his current location in 1996. Nino’s Pizza and the Randazzo family has been in the area for 30 years, come September of this year. Mr. Randazzo, his wife Jennifer, and their sons have all worked at the restaurant and are proud to be part of such a strong and supportive community.

Mr. Randazzo says the repairs have been slow because it is a “chain of people” and he has to wait for one to complete their work before the next can begin theirs. He continually showed gratitude to his insurance agent, Phillip Stinchcomb of Riverland Insurance, who has been behind him 100% and very supportive by going the extra mile. A bright side and silver lining to the devastating events is that Nino’s will be expanding, enlarging their kitchen and dining room. The newly renovated dining room will include a private room for parties.

Read more of this story in the August 30 issue of the Westmoreland News.