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Thanks to those generous chaps at National Grid, Gargiulo’s can finish renovating with a little less debt. The iconic restaurant, a staple in Coney Island for 100 years, sustained severe flooding, loss of power, and damage to the infrastructure, due to super storm Sandy.

Other establishments might have thrown in the towel, shut off the stoves, and said, “Fughetabou­tit,” but not Gargiulo’s. No sir, the owners were determined to reopen, and they did. Thank the Neapolitan gods of pasta for that.

National Grid anted up and presented the restaurant with a whopping grant of $100,000 to help the owners offset the cost of repairs that were estimated at around $4.3 million. That’s a whole lot of pasta fagioli.

The good guys at National Grid presented the check on Feb. 13 with the following in attendance: Judi Orlando, executive director at Astella Development; Chuck Reichenthal, district manager at Community Board 13; Mike Ruiz, director of Community and Customer Management at National Grid; Renee McClure, manager of Community and Customer Management at National Grid; Dennis Mitarontondo, National Grid; Ken Daly, president, National Grid, New York; William Guarinello, president and CEO at HeartShare New York; Borough President Markowitz; Denise Arbesu, chairperson, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce; Nino Russo, co-owner, Gargiulo’s Restaurant; Kenneth Adams, president and CEO Empire State Development and commissioner, New York State Department of Economic Development; and Carlo Scissura, president, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

Gargiulo’s [2911 W. 15th Street between Mermaid and Surf avenues in Coney Island; (718) 266–4891].

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