Last week, Riccardo’s by the Bridge, a family-owned catering facility that has served the community and the borough for nearly seven decades, announced that it is shuttering “solely due to the various impacts of the COVID pandemic.”
In an open letter posted on the company’s website, Anthony Corbisiero, Riccardo’s president, wrote that if it were up to them, the facility would “cater your special events forever.”
“But after reviewing all options and weighing all known factors, there is simply no realistic path forward given all of the unknowns,” Corbisiero wrote, “when we might reopen, and even then, the anticipated city, state and federal restrictions that will most definitely be placed on such a reopening.”
Founded by Richard Corbisiero Sr., the facility has been passed down through four generations of the same family throughout its 69-year history.
Located just a block from the Robert F. Kennedy Triboro Bridge, Riccardo’s by the Bridge caters weddings, corporate banquets, meetings, parties and other social events. It has the capacity to hold events for over 400 guests.
Tony Bennett, who was born in Astoria, even served as a singing waiter at Riccardo’s.
“For that entire time, we have focused on treating all of our guests like family, providing a ‘home away from home,’” Corbisiero wrote, “and ensuring that we always stayed true to our guiding principle.
“We will truly miss sharing in the events of your lives,” he added. “It has truly been an honor to serve you all.”
Riccardo’s office will contact customers who have an event booked and a deposit on file, all of which will be refunded over the next 90 days. All communication will be conducted by email or phone.