SILive - March 04, 2018by Pamela Silvestri
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The building housing upscale Italian DaNoi Restaurant at 214 E 49th St. in Manhattan suffered a fire Saturday morning.
Staten Island restauranteur Edward Gomez estimates four months before the place can reopen.
Gomez also owns five local restaurants: Salad Junkie, The Burrito Shoppe and 120 Bay Cafe (aka Cargo), all of St. George; plus the DaNoi eateries of Travis and Fort Wadsworth. The Gomez family also operates a DaNoi in Bayonne, N.J.
About 60 percent of DaNoi's clientele is estimated to hail from his main borough, so Gomez hoped to alert weekend dining crowds of the closure.
"We have a lot of people who come to us after a show or they work in Midtown so they come during the week with clients," Gomez said."It's really like a little Staten Island away from Staten Island."
He is uncertain of the fire's cause: "They called me at 8:30 a.m. and I was here at 8:37 a.m.," said Gomez, who was staying overnight in Manhattan.
"Ever been through a fire? It's a huge process," said Gomez Saturday afternoon as the New York Fire Department and other agencies worked around him.
"We've been through three fires. This has happened one time here before. It was just unfortunate," said Gomez. The prior incident happened on June 12, 2015, a Friday afternoon.