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Sandy-Damaged Sunny's Bar to Reopen, Reports Say

By Nikhita Venugopal | August 19, 2013 11:21am
 Sunny's Bar at 253 Conover St., in Red Hook.
Sunny's Bar at 253 Conover St., in Red Hook.
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RED HOOK — The legendary Sunny’s Bar, a neighborhood watering hole that was pummelled by Hurricane Sandy, will finally open its doors, this month, according to reports.

The bar, located at 253 Conover St., will celebrate their reopening on Aug. 29, barkeeper Sunny Balzano’s 78th birthday, the Brooklyn Paper first reported.

Balzano and Tone Johansen, the bar’s owners, spent months raising money through online and offline initiatives, including a Kickstarter campaign and a benefit party to help them recover from the storm, which had battered their bar.

The bar did not qualify for a disaster assistance loan from the Small Business Administration because of its age (Sunny’s Bar is more than a century-old), the Brooklyn Paper reported.

Without the community’s support, the bar would have not been able to reopen, the couple reportedly said.

“I feel like we’ve been on this crazy conveyor belt and all of these hands were pulling us forward underneath,” said Johsansen told the newspaper.

Sunny’s Bar did not respond to requests for comment.