FLINT TWP. — After being closed nearly a month to move to a new location, Ruggero’s reopened Aug. 27 to a waiting line of hungry customers.
“We did not expect to take off with such a bang,” said Susan Vallecorsa, one of five owners of the family-owned restaurant which has served the Flint area since 1958.
“We have had a line every single night,” she said.
After operating for 18 years on Linden Road, Ruggero’s earlier this year purchased the larger 10,000 square-foot building at 5311 Corunna Road (formerly Bubba’s Roadside Inn and the Blue Collar Grill).
A complete renovation of the interior included flooring, lighting, furnishings and creamy textured walls for a classic Tuscan Italian decor.
“Everyone loves the new look,” Vallecorsa said. I’ve had a couple of people say they feel like they are sitting in a trattoria in Italy. That’s a nice compliment.”
The new building has room for a separate sports bar — Vic’s Place — which will have its own entrance and is expected to open soon.
“We want to make sure everything is running smoothly out here,” Vallecorsa said of the delayed sports bar opening.
Vic’s Place is name in honor or her father, Vic Vallecorsa, who started the restaurant with his wife Velda about 55 years ago.
Everything else at Ruggero’s remains the same, including the menu and hours of operation, Vallecorsa said.