Restaurant fire shuts down Jericho Tu...

Restaurant fire shuts down Jericho Turnpike

There are 54 comments on the Newsday story from Jan 4, 2008, titled Restaurant fire shuts down Jericho Turnpike. In it, Newsday reports that:

A fire at an Italian restaurant in Commack shut down Jericho Turnpike in both directions since the early hours of Friday morning, Suffolk police said.

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Dix Hills New York

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#47 Mar 2, 2008
Old Timer wrote:
So what many of you may not know is that this place has one hell of a history. The Pera family are the people that made it legendary. Jack just swam in their wake. The only problem is that they let the success get to their heads and blew their success right up their noses. Elvis Pera was in and out of rehab, his brother Roberto was a carbon copy.(Roberto seems to come to the surface every six months in a new endeavor) Elvis has also made several attempts to get back in the business in multiple towns all over Long Island. Poor George Pera, their father - passed away in true disgrace because Jack basically stole the restaurant from them as their backs were up against the wall. For a real story, go to Blackstone steakhouse in Melville, you'll find Elvis and his wife Gabriella waiting tables.
George Pera did not die in disgrace. He had been sick for quite some time and it was very unfortunate that he died on the way home from work at Roberto's Restaurant.We were good friends of the Pera's and they are all good people. We also liked Jack and feel terrible about the restaurant burning. He is a good guy. We had been going to that restaurant when it was La Grotta back in the 80's. Nothing stays the same.
Dix Hills New York

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#48 Mar 2, 2008
George Pera did not die in disgrace. He had been sick for quite some time and it was very unfortunate that he died on his way home from work. We were friends of the Pera's and they are all good people. We also liked Jack and Josephine and hope they are doing well. We feel terrible about the loss of their restaurant.We spent many, many hours at Il Giardino when Elvis owned it and we go as far back as the 80's when it was La Grotta. Nothing stays the same.
Old Timer

Freehold, NJ

#49 Mar 7, 2008
Dix Hills New York wrote:
George Pera did not die in disgrace. He had been sick for quite some time and it was very unfortunate that he died on his way home from work. We were friends of the Pera's and they are all good people. We also liked Jack and Josephine and hope they are doing well. We feel terrible about the loss of their restaurant.We spent many, many hours at Il Giardino when Elvis owned it and we go as far back as the 80's when it was La Grotta. Nothing stays the same.
I too feel bad for the loss of a great restaurant. I hope you are correct that George did not die in disgrace for he was a wonderful man. But children who are addicted to drugs and committ adultry are the epitome of heart break to any father. Couple that with the steady trend of dodging bullets -(Restaurant opening and closings - Il Giardino, Vagabondo, Robertos, etc.) and it's hard to prove your point.
Dix Hills New York

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#50 Mar 11, 2008
Old Timer wrote:
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I too feel bad for the loss of a great restaurant. I hope you are correct that George did not die in disgrace for he was a wonderful man. But children who are addicted to drugs and committ adultry are the epitome of heart break to any father. Couple that with the steady trend of dodging bullets -(Restaurant opening and closings - Il Giardino, Vagabondo, Robertos, etc.) and it's hard to prove your point.
I think maybe if you have nothing nice to say you should just stay quiet.
Dix Hills New York

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#51 Mar 11, 2008
This subject is closed. I stand by what I said originally.George did not die in disgrace and Elvis and Gabriella are good people.
old timer

Freehold, NJ

#52 Mar 22, 2008
Dix Hills New York wrote:
This subject is closed. I stand by what I said originally.George did not die in disgrace and Elvis and Gabriella are good people.
I do agree - close the matter. We can both see things from different perspectives and that is each of our rights. Bottom line is it is the end of good times, good food and good memories. Let's hope that an IlGiardino-like experience awaits all of us in the future.
Dix Hills New York

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#53 Mar 25, 2008
I'll drink to that!!!!!!
Bob

Ridgewood, NY

#54 Mar 27, 2008
wow wrote:
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Liar, you are PETA and you are also a wierdooooooo. HAHAHA
Is that the P - eople E - ating T - asty A - nimals group?
a amato

Middle Island, NY

#55 Aug 11, 2008
Long Islander wrote:
sounds fishy...just like the fire at Amato's in amityville many years back. another LI no brainer here! cin dan!


what are u talking about there was never a fire at amatos in amityville and if ou tell me yes i will gladly prove you wrong
Bob Myers

Freeport, NY

#57 Feb 22, 2009
Old Timer wrote:
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I too feel bad for the loss of a great restaurant. I hope you are correct that George did not die in disgrace for he was a wonderful man. But children who are addicted to drugs and committ adultry are the epitome of heart break to any father. Couple that with the steady trend of dodging bullets -(Restaurant opening and closings - Il Giardino, Vagabondo, Robertos, etc.) and it's hard to prove your point.
Funny how they didnt use the insurance money to rebuild. From what I know JAck is now cutting up veggies at another Italian place. Yes he is doing just fine now that he covered is debts with the proceeds.
Bob Myers

Freeport, NY

#58 Feb 22, 2009
Nick wrote:
3:35am? Bet you the mob finished bleeding this place dry and now wants the insurance money.
Right on the money!
VEAL KILLER

Brooklyn, NY

#59 Nov 15, 2009
Nick wrote:
3:35am? Bet you the mob finished bleeding this place dry and now wants the insurance money.
YOU BETCHA IT WAS GREASED LIGHTNING ALL ALONG THEY ARE/WERE IN DEEP SHIT
Lady Gaga fan

Rye, NY

#60 Dec 29, 2009
On a serious note, has Jack opened another restaurant. I've internet searched and haven't come up with anything?
unkown

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#61 Jan 6, 2011
Dix Hills New York wrote:
<quoted text>George Pera did not die in disgrace. He had been sick for quite some time and it was very unfortunate that he died on the way home from work at Roberto's Restaurant.We were good friends of the Pera's and they are all good people. We also liked Jack and feel terrible about the restaurant burning. He is a good guy. We had been going to that restaurant when it was La Grotta back in the 80's. Nothing stays the same.
Its good to see some people with good sense. The writer doesn't know what he speaks of. Its easy to throw words and attempt to slander people. Roberto is NOT a carbon copy of his brother nor has he been in Long Island or NY for over three years. Get your facts. the father had been sick for years due to own life choices. Elvis is living well and not in NY has well. Again get your facts correct.

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