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Astorino Tastes Homestyle Cuisine At Reopening Of Port Chester's T&J Eatery

Filomena Ruggiero, Ray Sassano, Gina Sassano, Ray Ruggiero, Matthew Sassan,; Jessica Ruggiero, Veronica Ruggiero, John Ruggier; and Rob Astorino, Westchester County executive at T&J Restaurant reopening in Port Chester.
Filomena Ruggiero, Ray Sassano, Gina Sassano, Ray Ruggiero, Matthew Sassan,; Jessica Ruggiero, Veronica Ruggiero, John Ruggier; and Rob Astorino, Westchester County executive at T&J Restaurant reopening in Port Chester. Photo Credit: Contributed/Mario Mirabella
Westchester County Executive, Rob Astorino presents a proclamation declaring Thursday "T&J Day" to John Ruggiero and Ray Sassano, co-owners of T&J Restaurant and Pizzeria, which reopened at a new, expanded location at 10 Pearl St. in Port Chester.
Westchester County Executive, Rob Astorino presents a proclamation declaring Thursday "T&J Day" to John Ruggiero and Ray Sassano, co-owners of T&J Restaurant and Pizzeria, which reopened at a new, expanded location at 10 Pearl St. in Port Chester. Photo Credit: Contributed/Mario Mirabella
John Ruggiero and Ray Sassano, co-owners of T&J Restaurant and Pizzeria, which celebrated its reopening at a new, larger location Wednesday at 10 Pearl St. in Port Chester.
John Ruggiero and Ray Sassano, co-owners of T&J Restaurant and Pizzeria, which celebrated its reopening at a new, larger location Wednesday at 10 Pearl St. in Port Chester. Photo Credit: Contributed/Mario Mirabella
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino with the owners of a newly reopened T&J Restaurant and Pizzeria in Port Chester. Flanking Astorino, from left to right, are Ray and Gina Sassano and Veronica and John Ruggiero.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino with the owners of a newly reopened T&J Restaurant and Pizzeria in Port Chester. Flanking Astorino, from left to right, are Ray and Gina Sassano and Veronica and John Ruggiero. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino made an appearance at a restaurant reopening in Port Chester on Wednesday evening and dined on some "home-cooked" Italian food.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino made an appearance at a restaurant reopening in Port Chester on Wednesday evening and dined on some "home-cooked" Italian food. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- More than 200 people turned out for Wednesday's reopening of T&J Restaurant and Pizzeria in its new location at 10 Pearl St.

After 26 years, T&J's moved its tiny, popular eatery from Westchester Avenue to expanded facilities at the former Town of Rye Courthouse at 10 Pearl St. There, it can seat more than 100 people indoors, 60 people on an outdoor patio and cater to more than 100 guests in an upstairs banquet hall.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino made a special appearance since one of the owners is a neighbor from Hawthorne. Still recovering from Election Night, the Republican apologized for his sore throat. "I'm a little hoarse,'' he said.

After reading a proclamation declaring it T&J's Day in Westchester County, as broadcast at the marquee outside the County Center on Thursday in White Plains, Astorino said, "This would be the perfect place for Trump, Clinton and Obama to break bread."

Astorino called it surreal to see someone he's played golf with become president of the United States, and pull off the upset on an historically modest campaign budget.

Check back with Daily Voice for more coverage and photos from Wednesday's party.

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