Bongo’s reopens

B y Jaime Thomas

The Bongo Burger is back.

Fans of Granville’s fast food hot spot can rejoice and chow down at the store, which reopened last Thursday.

Owner Ben Bernard said the restaurant closed two years ago after a lot of equipment was damaged by Hurricane Irene, and it was time to get it going again.

“We wanted to get it back up and running,” he said. The decision came after one of his employees from his other restaurant, Bernardo’s, offered to manage Bongo’s. Rene Fifield, who has 25 years of restaurant experience, recently left a position as bakery manager at Price Chopper.

“Rene was ready—I decided she was the perfect one to get this thing going,” Bernard said.

Fifield said she is excited to be running Bongo’s, which was previously open for about one and a half years.

“It’ll be a different pace and different clientele,” she said.

Other than fresh, ground beef burgers, which are one of the restaurant’s signature items, the menu will include wings, Nathan’s hot dogs, Bernardo’s-recipe pizza and more.

“It’s all fresh and homemade. The quality of the food is very high, and the price structure is within reasonable costs for customers,” Bernard said.

There will be specials every night, as well as grab and go, packaged homemade dinners. Even pizza will be available through the drive-through window.

The fast food joint, which is attached to the Subway on Route 22, will employ about 10 people altogether. The initial hours are set from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, but that might change or expand.

Bongo’s will hold a grand opening in mid-December, and until then Bernard and his staff will continue working out kinks and getting the restaurant and drive-through completely up and running.

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