(Press Release) Brooklyn, NY, May 16, 2012-Long time Coney Island personality John “Cha Cha” Ciarcia , who many know from his role on The Sopranos and as co-host of The Wiseguys Show on Sirius Radio, is back just in time for the kick-off of the summer season, with several different businesses and amusement park lots, after being unceremoniously “booted” off the boardwalk last year in the very public rent/lease dispute with the giant Zamperla USA Corporation, which also affected several other longtime Coney Island business owners.
Cha Cha’s Coney Island Seafood Bar & Pizzeria, at 1315 Surf Avenue (across from Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs) will have a full menu serving brick oven pizza, various seafood dishes, linguini and clam sauce, mussels, Coney Island crab cakes, clams, oysters and shrimp at the raw bar and will feature live music several nights a week, as well as special events. The new space also has an adjoining take-out cafe right next door, serving the brick oven pizza and various gelatos, frozen custard, frozen yogurt and Italian ices. Ciarcia will keep Cha Cha’s Coney Island Seafood Bar & Pizzeria open year round after this summer season.
Ciarcia and actor friend Tony Danza will preside over the official launch ceremony on Thursday, May 24th at noon to announce the official grand opening the world debut of new amusement park ride The MegaWhirl, which was just developed and is the only one of its kind in the world, Cha Cha’s Steeplechase – The Fun Place Amusement Park, Cha Cha’s Kiddie Park and Cha Cha’s Side Show Park, along with Cha Cha’s outdoor Club Atlantis Bar, all located along Stillwell Ave. between Surf Avenue and the boardwalk.
The official Grand Opening Party for Cha Cha’s Coney Island Seafood Bar & Pizzeria will take place on Saturday, May 19th from 7 p.m. with special guest host The Sopranos star, Vincent Pastore and a live performance by Killer Joe and the Mighty Lido Soul Quartet.
Memorial Day Weekend will feature Bobby Valli and the Jersey Boys Revue, doing a “Tribute to The Jersey Boys”, on Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th, with three shows a night at 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight. There is a $10 cover charge and a two-drink minimum, or $25 per person for dinner.