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Alteri's to re-open?

The owner of the Glenmont Alteri's Restaurant said he still wants to rebuild after a fire gutted the Route 9W building on St. Valentines Day morning earlier this year.

Harvey Quinn told The Spotlight he has not received payment from his insurance company for the total loss of his business, which has been demolished and its foundation backfilled in with dirt since the fire.

The problem is over the amount the insurance company is offering, he said.

I can't get them to settle. They are offering me less than what it is worth and I can't accept that, he said without naming the insurance firm. "It's an ugly situation."

Quinn said he is frustrated with the situation, but that there is little he can do.

"I have an insurance policy for X-amount and it's a total loss and they don't want to pay it," said Quinn. "You spend all of these years paying them each month and then something happens and they won't help you."

Quinn said that although his insurance company hasn't "paid a dime," he is still holding out to start anew.

"That's the whole goal, to get the restaurant back," he said. "My intention is to rebuild."

In the meantime, Quinn is not only losing money on a closed business, but his vendors apparently have lost out, too.

Sysco Food Services of Albany LLC was granted a civil judgment in Albany County Court for $11,549 against Quinn's restaurant. Quinn confirmed the judgment and said that matter is also being held up by the insurance company.

"Until they settle with me everything is on hold," Quinn said.

For updates on this story return to www.spotlightnews.com, or read the Wednesday, Aug. 5, print edition of The Spotlight.

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