De Angelo's restaurant, which burned down in early August because of an electrical fire, will re-open Nov. 5 at a temporary location.
The former Eagle's Nest restaurant at East Childs Avenue will not only hold more patrons, but will eventually grow to implement Sunday brunch and breakfast by at least December, according to Vinnie De Angelo.
"This is our temporary location until we can re-open downtown. That could take up to a year," he said, adding he still loves downtown.
The fire caused an estimated $400,000 in damage to the popular, downtown restaurant Aug. 7. As he walked around the building Monday afternoon, De Angelo, owner of the restaurant, said he spent between $150,000 to $200,000 on the facelift of the restaurant on Childs Avenue.
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"We hope to get a whole new customer base in addition to our customer base," referring to customers from nearby Motel Row and travelers from the freeway.
The new venue will have three banquet halls and two outdoor eating areas in addition to space inside for both De Angelo's and Bellini's, which will sit right inside the front door of the restaurant. Bellini's is the restaurant's affordable dining option and offers food such as pizza on its menu.
"The restaurant was the only place that was available that could suit our needs," he said.
The three banquet halls can hold a total of 114 people and the restaurant can hold more than 250 people. It sits across from the Ramada Inn and shut down in 2008, he said.
De Angelo's, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, will employ at least 30 people at the new location.
There was talk of moving Bellini's out of De Angelo's to make it its own stand-alone restaurant based in Modesto, he said.
"Then the restaurant burned down and we were in a panic," he said, adding 30 people were out of work and "the customer base was crying."
"We planned on opening it before the holidays and now it's early next year," he added.
They will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day and have their grand official opening Nov. 5 with a soft opening Nov. 4 for family and friends.
Reporter Ameera Butt can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or firstname.lastname@example.org.