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Senate Resolution No. 868
BY: Senator O'MARA
        COMMENDING Sorge's Restaurant upon the occasion of
        celebrating its 70th Anniversary
  WHEREAS, Within each community of this great State of New York there
are  certain  businesses  that  define  the nature of the region and the
people who inhabit it; and
  WHEREAS, Such is true  of  Sorge's  Restaurant  which  has  provided
nourishment  and  employment  for residents in Corning, New York, for 70
prosperous years; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative  Body  is  proud  to   commend   Sorge's
Restaurant  upon  the occasion of its 70th Anniversary, to be celebrated
at a Ribbon Re-cutting Ceremony on Friday, June 4, 2021; and
  WHEREAS, On the occasion of Sorge's Restaurant's 60th Anniversary on
June 4, 2011, the Guinness World Records recognized the  restaurant  for
the creation of the longest egg noodle, which measured 525 feet; and
  WHEREAS,  Renato  (Ronnie)  Sorge and his brother, Remo, came to the
United States from Italy in 1936; after  15  years  of  experience  with
local  restaurants,  Renato purchased property on 68 West Market Street,
and on June 5, 1951, Sorge's Restaurant was born; and
  WHEREAS, With authentic, well-prepared, reasonably priced  meals  by
Renato  Sorge  and  his wife, Loretta, Sorge's quickly became the area's
finest Italian restaurant; and
  WHEREAS, From its humble beginnings of 11 booths, Sorge's Restaurant
expanded in 1962, with the purchase of the adjacent building; six  years
later,  the upstairs of both buildings were converted into a dining room
and banquet facility; and
  WHEREAS, In 1973, Renato  Sorge's  two  sons,  Joseph  and  Michael,
joined  their father in the family business upon finishing their degrees
in restaurant management; and
  WHEREAS, Unfortunately, on December  27,  2008,  Sorge's  Restaurant
sustained  a devastating fire which destroyed the building; the landmark
restaurant, then in business for 57 years, was demolished, leaving  only
the historic front facade standing; and
  WHEREAS,  During  the  months  that followed, a rebuild effort began
with much thought given to preserving the proud traditions  and  history
that  made  the restaurant famous, with reconstruction of the restaurant
beginning in October of 2009; and
  WHEREAS, A major focus of the reconstruction has  been  to  preserve
and  carry  forward  important pieces of Sorge's history, and blend them
into a complete rebuild of the restaurant; these pieces of  history  can
be seen in the tile floor in the booth area that was replicated from the
"old  booth  area,"  as  well  as  the  reproduction  of  the Al Valerio
paintings which depicted Renato Sorge's  home  town  of  Strangolagalli,
Italy; and
  WHEREAS,  In addition, the back-bar wall is framed with bricks taken
from the interior of the building which was saved during the demolition,
and recent photographs of Strangolagalli have  been  placed  in  various
locations in the restaurant and in the menu; and
  WHEREAS,  For  70 fruitful years, the Sorge family and the employees
of Sorge's Restaurant have brought an  uncommon  sense  of  quality  and
spirit  to the community, providing the residents of Corning and Steuben
County as a  whole,  not  only  with  good  food,  but  also  with  good
old-fashioned memories to enjoy; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  fitting that this Legislative Body recognize local
businesses such as Sorge's Restaurant which have become institutions  in
the community, as well as the successful entrepreneurs who have nurtured
them throughout the years; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Sorge's Restaurant upon the occasion  of  celebrating  its  70th
Anniversary,  fully  confident  that  it will continue to enjoy the same
sparkling success and indomitable spirit which has so characterized  its
past; and be it further
  RESOLVED,  That  a  copy  of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the Sorge Family.
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