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Rochester's Marina Restaurant reopened after gambling raid closure


The Marina Restaurant & Bar, located next to the Ontario State Park in the Rochester neighborhood of Charlotte, is back in business. It was closed down last Wednesday when Rochester police and other law enforcement officers searched it as part of a wider gambling investigation.

That same day two Rochester men who are managers at the Marina -- Paul Borrelli, 66, and Joseph Ruff -- were arrested and charged in U.S. District Court with running an illegal gambling operation. They entered not guilty please at their arraignment. A day later, Connecticut resident Mark Ruff, 40, turned himself in and pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. It is not clear of the relationship between the two Ruffs.

The Marina ownership has made no mention of either the closing or the subsequent reopening on its website or Facebook page. Perhaps that is not strange, considering the newest entry on Facebook was made on February 9.

The restaurant is known for its casual atmosphere and menu. The latter is dominated by Amer-Italian offerings, with emphasis on pasta and seafood. It also has an interesting signature cocktail menu offering such concoctions as the "Lake Ontario Iced Tea" (Stoli vodka with gin, rum, tequila, triple sec, sours and cola, $8.50) and "The Sunset" (Stoli Raz vodka, sour apple schnapps, lemon-lime soda, sours, $7.50). But, despite being on the edge of Finger Lakes wine country it has a pedestrian wine list that offers only a pair of Rieslings from the region, and none of its reds or sparklers.

Hours are 4 p.m. to 2 .m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. The restaurant is located at 4768 Lake Avenue. Phone: (585) 663-5233.