By Phil Stilton
SEASIDE HEIGHTS–Wayne Cimorelli, owner of Spicy Cantina and Coin Castle arcade in Seaside Heights said this weekend his two establishments will be reopening.
After Hurricane Sandy dumped over five feet of sand and flooded with over six feet of ocean water in the restaurant, Cimorelli says construction work at the boardwalk favorite is nearly complete.
“We had over $1,000,000 worth of damage, but we’ve been able to rebuild, despite that we’re still waiting for insurance,” Cimorelli said. “The basement was completely flooded, but now we have all new walk-ins and it’s completely rebuilt and we remodeled the old Spicy, it’s beautiful.”
Cimorelli said that much of the damage sustained to his restaurant and arcade were not covered under insurance, especially in the basement where they kept their storage.
Spicy will open at 11 am on Saturday and Sunday for a limited soft opening. The upstairs section will not be opened, but he says the are expecting a full opening in time for next weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
WRAT will be broadcasting live with DJ’s and both levels will be open every weekend beyond St. Patrick’s Day.
Live entertainment returns to Spicy on March 16th with a performance by Elvis.
As for the arcade, Coin Castle sustained minor damage in the hurricane that was limited to the roof and water damage from the leaking roof according to Cimorelli.