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Family-Owned Businesses Work Together in Fire Aftermath

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For almost 50 years the Spalliero family has served up authentic southern Italian and American cuisine at Yesterday’s Restaurant in Hazlet, New Jersey. That service stopped on March 14, 2010, when a late-night fire closed the restaurant for eight months.

Family-Owned Businesses Work Together in Fire Aftermath

“There was never a doubt that we’d rebuild,” says Vinny Spalliero, owner of the Bayshore community restaurant. “This business is family owned and operated, so we pulled together to get back in business as quickly as possible.”

When Yesterday’s Restaurant reopened in November of 2010, the 8,500-square foot banquet and restaurant facility had a new, fire-resistant roof overhead.

“I picked out the slate gray Bellaforté roof because it had the look I was going for that matched up with the stone and stucco siding features we added to the building after the renovation,” says Spalliero. “The polymer roof is a nice, durable product, and the fire-resistant benefit gives us all added peace of mind.”

Roofer John Blair with Garden State Roofing was also pleased with the product choice made for the restaurant. “I’ve installed other DaVinci Roofscapes® roofs in the past when we needed products with outstanding aesthetic appeal, and we’ve always had superior results,” says Blair, president of his 40-year old roofing company, which serves central and northern New Jersey. “Our business is also family-owned, so I know how important it was to everyone at Yesterday’s Restaurant to get back to work quickly. The snap-fit application of the Bellaforté product went smoothly and was easy to install. This roof has a high-end look at a reasonable price.”

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The patented snap-fit, self-locating Bellaforté roofing tiles installed on Yesterday’s Restaurant replaced old, burnt-up asphalt shingles. Featuring an integrated rain gutter, leading edge tab, and rain dam, the polymer Bellaforté tiles resist insects, fungus, algae, mold, cracking, fading, and curling.

Bellaforté roofing tiles use 20% less material than traditional synthetic and natural slate shingles, saving resources and reducing the tile weight. A square of Bellaforté roofing tile weighs just 185 pounds, helping reduce both installation time and landfill load due to reduced construction waste.

“What really clicked for us was that the DaVinci roofing products are backed by a 50-year limited warranty,” says Spalliero. “That means that these tiles will hold up perfectly through the next generation of our family that operates this restaurant.”

Last modified on Thu, Oct 25, 2012
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