Don’t believe the tweets! Roll ‘n Roaster survives Sandy’s onslaught

Still rolling, still roasting: Despite rumors circling on Twitter that Roll ‘n Roaster was gone forever, the Emmons Avenue fast-food staple reopened at 11 am Friday, and the cheese fries were delicious.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

Tweets of Roll ‘n Roaster’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

The Twitterverse was abuzz with rumors that the Emmons Avenue fast-food staple was swept away by Hurricane Sandy’s rising floodwaters and fierce winds as the storm raged, but the eatery proudly opened on Friday, sustaining only minimal damage.

“We got lucky,” said Roll ‘n Roaster general manager Ayet Karce. “There was mud and sand so we had some heavy mopping to do, but that was about it.”

But that’s not what Twitter users said as they relayed information about the storm to each other on Monday and Tuesday.

“Heard from a friend that Roll ‘n Roaster in Sheepshead Bay might be gone forever? If so… Infinite sadness,” wrote Mike Byhoff.

Fortunately, Byhoff’s friend was way off the mark — and this reporter has the full belly to prove it.

The restaurant lucked out as far as electricity was concerned on Friday: merchants between Bedford Avenue and Knapp Street had power, while businesses on the other side of Bedford Avenue did not.

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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