Civile's following Hurricane Sandy

Tom Civile sent an email to patrons of his restaurant Civile’s on the Hudson informing them he will not reopen following damage done by Hurricane Sandy. The 15-year-old fine dining establishment situated close to the Hudson River in Haverstraw had been badly damaged by flooding from Hurricane Sandy.

Haverstraw Mayor Michael Kohut said, “The village is saddened by the loss of Civile’s Restaurant. Tom was a pioneer in the village and provided exceptional food and service to his customers. We wish him well. The village will be seeking a new operator for the site by putting out a Request for Proposal to potential restauranteurs. Right now, the board is open to all suggestions for the site and has no preconceived notions for operators.”

Read below the contents of Civile’s email which a patron had posted to the Internet.

Good morning everyone,

As many of you may know Civile’s has been closed due to damages caused by Hurricane Sandy. I have had some time to contemplate the future and weigh out my choices and I have decided not to reopen. This was not an easy decision for me, but one that made the most sense considering the variables involved. I have many fond memories throughout the 15 years that Civile’s has been open, many with some of the great people that I met along the way. It saddens me to have to say goodbye. I am very grateful to have known you and for your loyalty as a customer and for the many friendships that were formed. I will miss you. The plans for the future are not yet known. I will be leaving the county and, if I may, I will contact you if another Civile’s is established. I hope that some of you also have fond memories of coming down to the river. Those of you who got to know me over the years, knew that my greatest desire was to see people happy through my efforts. I pray that God will keep you and your families in His loving care and that all the wholesome desires of your hearts be blessed and fulfilled.

As always God Bless You,
Tom Civile

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