While Sandy only nicked Philadelphia, the storm did some serious damage in Atlantic City and across the Jersey coastline. And while you may be concerned about whether some of your favorite spots are still standing, we’ve got some news on one spot that would have been severely missed. AC’s beloved Chef Vola’s, which was awarded a James Beard Award as an American Classic, is alive and raring to go. Their answering machine message claims that they will be attempting to open tonight, an announcement that will be met with glee from the restaurant’s many regulars who make pilgrimages to the subterranean restaurant.
The family-run restaurant operates out of a basement of a house, just a half-block in from the Boardwalk. The hidden spot has been open since 1921, does not advertise and doesn’t even list its phone number (though Google reveals all). Reservations are required for this Italian BYOB and regulars are are treated like family.
The Press of Atlantic City has more information on the recovery of Jersey Shore restaurants after Hurricane Sandy.
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