Terilli's Re-Opening Pushed Back

Neighborhood fave will open in August

By Annie Potasznik
|  Friday, Jun 17, 2011  |  Updated 3:20 PM CDT
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Images: 4-Alarm Fire Devours Block of Greenville Avenue

Terilli's Italian Restaurant should open by summer's end.

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Blaze Destroys Four Well-Known Restaurants

An early-morning fire in the 2800 block of Greenville Avenue razes Terilli's, Hurricane Grill, Greenville Bar and Grill and Mick's Bar.

A Nuisance and Eyesore No More

Clean-up is finally underway tonight on lower Greenville Avenue in Dallas after a March 2nd fire gutted a popular restaurant strip.
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Dallas' Terilli's Italian Restaurant was scheduled to re-open next week but according to the restaurant's spokesperson, Jo Trizila, that date was pushed to August.

Red tape getting certain permits in regard to the iconic eatery's' rooftops are to blame.

A four-alarm electrical fire last March destroyed the Greenville Avenue landmark.

Hundreds of former patrons are eagerly awaiting its re-open. No doubt salivating for some crab claws and crunchy italachos with spinach, bacon and Gorgonzola.

Here are excerpts from a press release on what diners can expect when it opens.

Terilli's is coming back to life. Bricks are in production and construction has begun. The building will be historically accurate, recreating the exterior of the original 1911 structure.

There will be new elements, too -- a mezzanine level, a rooftop patio, a larger bar area and a new kitchen. "We're leaving room for some surprises, too," said owner Jeannie Terilli.

The Terilli family says the last year has been "very hard" and a learning experience. "We are ready to get back," stated Terilli. "The fire was a tragedy for us, but after 25 years of serving Terilli's Tex-Italian food, we are eager to rebuild and deliver another 25 years of service to our loyal patrons."

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