During Tough Economy, Local Icon Russo’s on the Bay Still has 25 Reasons to Celebrate


August 26, 2011; Howard Beach, NY; In the fall of 1987, Frank Russo, Jr. opened the doors of Russo’s on the Bay and since that time, Russo’s on the Bay has become a landmark in the Borough of Queens, New York, fueling careers and giving many their start in life. Today, the company officially announced the launch of its 25th Anniversary celebration, beginning September 1st, 2011 and culminating on the 25th anniversary of the company’s launch. The 25th Anniversary Celebration will continue throughout the next twelve months and include the launch of a loyalty and referral programs for customers, several community programs, an exclusive cocktail party event for new brides, and several surprise announcements.


The future of this Queens icon is limitless. In fact, while many close their doors and lay off employees, Russo’s on the Bay is planning “further expansion.” The recent launch of Vetro Restaurant and Lounge and the View at Vetro is a testament to that, as is the company’s first ever Hospitality Job Expo which began with a pool of over 600 applicants and provided 60 new jobs within the community.


When asked to elaborate, Russo stated, “Our most important commitment has always been and will continue to be to our community. We built the company on traditions and food, but as the landscape of our community and industry changes, we want to grow and change with it…” Further stating, “It’s not enough for any company to continue to do what it has always done. The landscape and industry changes, we must be innovative, thinking beyond our clients current needs and anticipating what they will want. There are huge announcements in the works, and all we can say is that it’s going to be a very big year.”


For over 50 years in the Borough of Queens, the Russo name has been synonymous with excellence in service and exceptional cuisine. From the day that Frank Russo, Sr. opened the doors of Villa Russo over fifty years ago, the family has built a strong, loyal following of customers who appreciate the service, traditions and values that one would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Since its launch in 1987, the catering hall has been providing exceptional quality in all that they do from the service and food delivered at each event, to the charitable and community endeavors that make the company a community landmark. Founder and vision behind the company, Frank Russo, Jr. stated, “I’m sure we would have opportunities if we wanted them, but I don’t see selling the business to anyone as an option. This is my family’s legacy – our name. We have one of the most incredible, talented and customer-service oriented teams in the business and each one of us at Russo’s believes that our clients deserve nothing but the best. It would be difficult to find anyone with the kind of commitment we have to that service. We want to be here for another 25 years, growing and expanding to provide the same service and quality to future generations.”


About Russo’s On The Bay


Russo’s on the Bay opened its doors in the fall of 1987. We have had the honor of hosting events spanning some of our customer’s lifetimes from baptisms to Communions to Sweet 16’s to Weddings. Our senior management team has over 200 years of combined experience directing the most lavish events and parties. We have an award-winning, highly skilled staff, proficient in all aspects of the hospitality industry, and genuinely concerned with the success of every affair. At Russo’s on the Bay, we are not only in the business of executing fine events with superlative service and exemplary cuisine, but we are here to make memories that you will cherish for a lifetime. Our other venue includes Vetro Restaurant and Lounge. For more information on Russo’s on the Bay, visit www.RussosOnTheBay.com.


About Frank Russo, Jr.


Russo’s on the Bay owner, Frank Russo, Jr. began his career at a young age, working in his parents’ restaurant, Villa Russo Restaurant and soon thereafter, Il Palazzo catering hall. This is where his love for food and the catering business began. He always dreamed of having his own catering hall. Finally in 1987, his dream became a reality when he opened the doors to Russo’s On The Bay. Over the years, he has successfully opened two other restaurants. Frank Russo, Jr.’s proudest accomplishment is the children’s charity which he, family and friends founded in 1995 – Angels On The Bay. Since its inception, Angels On The Bay has raised and donated over $3 million dollars for children in need of a little miracle.