ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Scalo Northern Italian Grill missed the holiday season because of a water line break that caused significant damage to the Nob Hill landmark, but manager Ken Gattas said Thursday it should be up and running again within a couple of weeks.
Scalo first posted about the incident on social media Dec. 10, saying at that time that it hoped to be back up for dinner that same day. But a few days later, Scalo posted that the restaurant had suffered extensive water damage, which was compounded by mechanical troubles over the course of the week.
“We are just now starting to finish the work of drying the area out and get the carpets cleaned,” Gattas said in a phone interview. “We are trying to re-open as soon as possible.”
The area affected the most by the water break was the old bar section of the restaurant.
“The molding was destroyed and the carpet was soaked. In fact we’re just replacing the molding now,” he said.
Gattas said Scalo was already looking at implementing some changes at the restaurant, but everything came to a standstill after the water break.
“This whole thing happened before Christmas, so getting anything done turned into a really difficult job,” he said. “Now that the holidays are over, we are pushing to get everything done so we can open back up.”
Gattas said the restaurant is working to get paychecks to employees idled during the shutdown.
“We have some employees, that pending the insurance on this, have not been paid,” Gattas said. “That was on a delay, but as of right now I believe the insurance company has already sent out an allotment we can go ahead and utilize … They will be getting caught up as soon as we get that.”
Gattas said Scalo’s emergency shutdown happened coincidentally at the same time as the closure of nearby Elaine’s, another upscale restaurant that Scalo owner Steve Paternoster launched in 2015 with former Scalo manager Elaine Blanco.
Neither Blanco nor Paternoster could be reached for comment.
“Elaine’s was a separate incident altogether,” Gattas said. “We are completely different companies. We have no ties to each other whatsoever.”