STATEN ISLAND, NY — At the official grand opening of the new Roma Plaza on Thursday afternoon, developer Stuart Waldman stood under a balloon arch with a giant pair of scissors. Just as he entered for the ceremonial tape-cutting, an eagle soared over the parking lot.
“A true American Dream!” cried one of the crowd of onlookers.
Waldman agreed, adding: It is dedicated to Holocaust survivor Roman Blum, who once owned the land. “
Blum, a humble billionaire who died at the age of 97, had no heir. He left an estate legacy and a $40 million estate divided by the state as a family The claims never materialized. about Located in Mariners Harbour, this 8-acre parcel is a sprawling shopping complex centered around fast food outlets and a soon-to-be-opened supermarket.
The site is an 86,250 square foot shopping center divided into six buildings.
Waldman thanked the workers on the ground, those who attended the celebration of personally clearing the land years ago, and his family. I applauded.
“Today is a big day for pop,” smiles Ben, who owns the Retro’D sneaker store downtown. “We are thrilled that the building is finally opening and excited about what will happen to Staten Island.”
Ben Bifalco is President and CEO of Unforgettable Construction and Consulting and builder of a handful of eateries in the complex (Asian Foods, Teriyaki One, Charley’s Cheesesteaks, OK Chinese BBQ, Roman Convenience Store).
he said: Everyone played a key role and was vital to the success of this project. When great minds come together, communities win. “
What Happened to Asian Food?
Bifalco is the second contractor to work on Asian Foods. He said he got the job on September 22nd. He said he expedited a fire inspection system inspection that took place Oct. 6.
Jonathan Chan, owner of Asian Foods, said he was reluctant to stock the shelves before inspection.
“I was going to have a heart attack,” he said of the forecast. Zhang said he plans to open “quietly” on Oct. 20 and grand he in early November, hopefully with a traditional Chinese lion dance.
Bifalco said Roman Plaza will bring about 400 jobs to Mariners Harbor. The Phoenix Salon will also open soon, and he has 100 employees.
Rep. Nicole Mariotakis and Joe Tyrone, a real estate broker and candidate for the Republican/Conservative slot in the New York State Senate, also spoke.
Pamela Silvestri is an Advanced Food Editor.she can be reached at [email protected].