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Repairs continue on Sergi’s in Potsdam


POTSDAM — Sergi’s Italian Restaurant still is repairing damage from the windstorm that tore its roof off July 17, with no opening date in sight.

“There’s no date yet,” owner Sam Spagnola said.

He said he’s hoping to return by the end of the year. “They work hard every day, but there’s no date yet. I hope very soon.”

There is plenty of work left to do on the building at 10 Market St., which was among the hardest hit. It has remained condemned since the storm. A tarp still covers part of the building’s top.

Mr. Spagnola said insurance will cover at least part of the cost of repairs, although it is still unknown how much of the bill will have to be paid by Sergi’s.

As repairs continue, the family-run business has continued to operate out of 38 Market St., formerly Julian’s Restaurant. Business has been good there, according to Mr. Spagnola, but he said he is eager to move back to the restaurant’s original location.

While he is grateful for a place to run his business, the temporary site has a few problems — most notably its smaller size.

“Over here we can’t make everybody happy, because it’s small, but it’s better than nothing,” he said.

Customers should not expect any major changes when Sergi’s reopens at its original location.

The menu and prices will be the same, and the decor will be familiar.

“Everybody loves that place,” Mr. Spagnola said, “and I love that place, too.”

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