LOVELAND, Ohio (WKRC) - Gaetano Williams is back doing what he loves at the place he loves. Williams’ Loveland restaurant is back in business after a massive fire forced him to close Tano’s in 2017.
The fire gutted two buildings on the 200 block of W. Loveland Avenue. It’s a memory that Williams may never forget.
“The fire jumped, burned these two buildings very bad; roofs fell into the top story,” recalled Williams.
From those ashes, Tano's is rising to be bigger and better. There's two new levels and a catering space, but Williams says it wasn't easy.
“We didn't own the building, so it was another challenge that we had to overcome with regards to the financing and how we're going to do this,” said Williams.
There’s also improvements on the outside of the building, including a new façade and a new entryway. Up top, there’s a brand-new rooftop bar with views of historic Loveland. Williams says all the new improvements take his restaurant to the next level.
“We could've easily taken our small portion and ran away, but we wanted to come back and come back stronger,” said Williams.
The chef also says none of this would be possible without the support of the Loveland community.
“We started with a very small restaurant and we kept adding on and adding on, and the support from the community is the number one reason,” said Williams.
For customers, Tano’s reopening is inspiring.
“It makes you feel good that you can be burned down to nothing and rise again so they're bigger and better than they were before. It's a beautiful building,” said customer Erin Graul.
Tano’s opening celebration is set for Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. The celebration will benefit The Life Food Pantry, The Nest Community Learning Center and The Loveland Legacy Fund.