Wheelers restaurant, left flooded by Hurricane Sandy, promises to be open soon

Wheelers owner: We’ll be back and better than ever

Brooklyn Daily
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Daily on Facebook.

The kitchen’s gone, the equipment’s gone, and the floor is gone, but Wheeler’s Restaurant will be back, according to the Sheepshead Bay staple’s proprietor.

“There’s no time table right now, but we are continuing to work at it, but you can expect to see Wheeler’s in the future,” said owner Mike Starace.

Like many Sheepshead Bay Road businesses, Wheeler’s was flooded when Hurricane Sandy’s 14-foot tidal surges hit the area. The floodwaters damaged the floor, warped the wood paneling and tossed about heavy objects as if they were made of cardboard.

“I have an eight-foot bottle cooler which holds about 40 cases of beer and it was flipped on its side,” said Starace. “It would take five men to move that, without the beer in it.”

Taking stock of his losses, Starace found there was only one thing that he could salvage from his bar and restaurant — the bar itself.

“It’s OK,” Starace assured this paper. “But the tables and chairs took a beating. The equipment is all shot, the stoves, refrigerators, dish washer all need to be replaced, but we’ll be back.”

Currently, the beloved purveyor of burgers and booze is working on getting power back to his sockets, and hopes for a late December opening.

He plans on using the down time to make Wheeler’s better than it’s ever been.

“It will be better than ever and the prices will not go up, ” said Starace. “The cheeseburgers will remain the same, good as ever.”

Wheelers is just one of a dozen Sheepshead Bay restaurants still bailing out after Hurricane Sandy’s visit. Many restaurateurs on Emmons Avenue either remain without power or cleaning out their flooded eateries.

Across from the Sheepshead Bay UA movie theater on Harkness Street, the TGI Friday’s remains closed. Jordan’s Lobster Dock opened for the first time since the storm on Saturday, although the beer taps weren’t working. Randazzo’s Clam Bar on Emmons Avenue remained close, but owner Rosemary Randazzo told the blog Sheepshead Bites that they will reopen before Thanksgiving.

“There will be a re-grand opening,” Randazzo told the local news blog. “Soon as we get everything out, we’ll bring in new things.”

Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Daily on Facebook.

Reader Feedback

Bruce from The Bay says:
I am so happy to hear this, and will continue to enjoy eating at your place, as I have for the past 33 years now. I sincerely hope for the best.
Nov. 21, 2012, 12:42 pm
Michael Pam from Sheepshead Bay says:
I am happy that Wheeler's is comeing back.
I always enjoyed going to Wheeler's. The food, The Staff top notch.
Nov. 22, 2012, 1 am
BRAIN from Sheepshead says:
I have been going to Wheelers for decades and have loved it all the way through from the amazing food to the live bands to the friendly atmosphere . I am delighted to learn that I will soon be able to return to the best bar/ restaurant in Brooklyn .
Nov. 22, 2012, 8:48 am
madeline from sheepshead bay says:
I love wheelers i been going there for 8 years once a week . hes the only bar that the kitchen stays open to 2am. hes prices are great they cant be beat anywere in brooklyn . try his open roast beef or his hambuger and french fries or egg plant parm dinner its yummy. an all american restaurent and bar . and the staff is top notch they make u fell very welcomed as soon as u walk in the door.wheelers is my home away from home. i cant wait till they open again .hes coming back better then ever . forget going to el greco or parkvill dinner you will see what i mean check them out when he opens again .
Dec. 7, 2012, 11:33 pm
maddy says:
theyare opening up 9 days from now i was told by the owner mike.
Dec. 15, 2012, 7:57 pm
Steve from Sheepshead Bay says:
Wheeler's was open tonight! Christmas eve! They're back! yay!
Dec. 24, 2012, 11:16 pm

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

Community News Group

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your neighborhood:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!