Neighborhood Restaurateur Reopens Famed Monte's Venetian Room

Monte’s Venetian Room in Gowanus will reopen with a new owner after closing three years ago after 102 years in business, according to NY1.com.

A landmark Brooklyn restaurant known as a mecca for everyone from entertainers to mobsters, Monte’s hopes to be open for business by June 1.

Going farther back in time, the restaurant was a speakeasy during Prohibition and even hosted the famous partying Rat Pack in later years.

New owner Dominick Castelvetre spent his boyhood across the street from the restaurant and "used to park cars for the restaurant" (shades of Goodfellas?), according to NY1.com.

The new Monte's will feature homemade pastas and brick-oven pizza. It will also feature the restaurant’s legendary Italian ricotta cheesecake, "which the new owners were able to obtain the recipe for."

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  1. sheeran tells of delivering the rifle used to assasinate JFK to a Marcello operative in the parking lot of Monte's

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  2. if those walls could talk half the unsolved hits in gotham would be solved

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  3. Monte's ricotta was definitely the best. Memories of it are making my mouth water.

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  4. Roy Cohn represented good old Carmine Galente at the time of your photo.

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  5. You mean the iconic photo at the top of the site -- where old Carmine died gripping the cigar with his teeth. Either that, or a cop, probably John Coffey, put it there -- Coffey was known for doing crazy things, like getting drunk in restaurants while waiting for so-called mob graveyards to be excavated.

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  6. Joe Coffey, not John -- I know!

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  7. JOE SHOVED THE CIGAR BETWEEN HIS TEETH AND PROPPED CARMINES LEFT ARM IN PLACE AND WHEN THE LEFT ARM FELL TO THE GROUND JOE PULLED THE ELBOW OUT AND STUCK THE THUMB IN THE BUTTON HOLE TO KEEP IT IN PLACE. I KNOW I WAS THERE.

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