NEW HARTFORD — Several businesses have closed this year as a direct result of COVID-19, but there are a few exceptions, such as Rintrona’s Bistro, a new restaurant that opened on July 26 in South Utica.
The New Hartford Chamber of Commerce formally welcomed Rintrona’s Bistro to its membership and to the community with a recent ribbon cutting ceremony.
“Opening a new restaurant in the middle of a pandemic that has put many other restaurants out of business and adapting to the regulations has been a little difficult,” said owner Marisa Rintrona.
Rintrona and the rest of her staff have worked tirelessly to ensure the new restaurant complied with the state’s COVID-19 regulations.
“The result was a successful grand opening despite all the obstacles,” Rintrona said. “It’s very challenging, but we stick with the regulations as they change daily, and we just have to go with how times are now.”
Rintrona is not new to the restaurant industry, as she has more than 20 years of experience in several local restaurants. Her first job in the industry was at Carmella’s Cafe where she worked for seven years and learned about the foundations of the business.
Rintrona comes from a family of business owners in the area, most specifically Rintrona’s Bakery and Verilli’s Market in East Utica.
It was that family-oriented environment which Rintrona said she wanted to create in her new restaurant, making every customer feel like a “part of our family” as soon as they come in.
Rintrona is also a big fan of sports, a passion that she showcases at Rintrona’s Bistro with decor inspired by all the New York teams.
Rintrona doesn’t run her restaurant by herself, and she said she is proud to have her daughter Gianna’s assistance, along with her boyfriend Fred Heintz, and his two boys, Brady and Freddie, by her side.
“Family is a team, so when you come to see us, you are all family,” Rintrona said.