Amusing the Zillion recently reported that Sheepshead Bay-institution Randazzo is contemplating opening up a second location in Coney Island at Cha Cha’s old spot on the boardwalk. But it’s not without obstacles. ATZ states that “Ferrari, CEO of Zamperla USA and Luna Park, told them ‘a Boardwalk restaurant/bar hoping to get a lease renewal would have had to make a million dollar investment.’”
Does Randazzo’s have that kind of scratch? “ATZ asked Joey Randazzo if they were contemplating a $1 million investment at Cha Cha’s location. He said it could be half a million or a million, they’re not sure yet.”
While we’re all for business expansion and want to see the Coney Island boardwalk filled with local Brooklyn businesses, we’re wondering, would a second Randazzo’s be good for Sheepshead Bay? Should Randazzo’s Coney Island be a replica of our neighborhood institution? Or should the Randazzos forget the Coney Island deal and put that “half a million or a million” into improvements at the current joint? What say you?