Shuckers Reopening A Year After Deck Collapse

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    North Bay Village's Shuckers Waterfront Grill, formerly Shuckers Bar & Grill, is set to reopen more than a year after a deck collapse injured dozens of patrons. NBC 6's Laura Rodriguez reports.

    North Bay Village's Shuckers Waterfront Grill, formerly Shuckers Bar & Grill, is set to reopen more than a year after a deck collapse injured dozens of patrons.

    The bar at 1819 79th Street Causeway will open for a private party Wednesday night before opening to the public Thursday at noon.

    "They're going to really love the place, it's beautiful," said Shuckers General Manager Joe Portela. "We can't wait to see them, we've missed them as much as they've missed us."

    About 100 people were on the deck at Shuckers last June watching the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals when it collapsed into the shallow water of Biscayne Bay.

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    Customers have filed legal action against Shuckers Bar & Grill after the deck collapse last week. Flavia Ellemberger, her husband Reynaldo Reyes spoke about their lawsuit, while their attorney Spencer Aronfeld spoke discussed the condition the deck was in. NBC 6 contacted the owner of Shuckers and went to the family home for comment, but they didn't immediately respond.

    Officials said 33 people were injured, with 24 hospitalized and two suffering serious injuries.

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    Seconds before it came crashing down, Harrison Ruggiero was on the Shuckers deck watching the Heat-Spurs game on TV. Once the deck - along with chairs, tables, and umbrellas - fell into the water, he snapped a photo of the debris that soon went viral. NBC 6's Justin Finch reports.

    Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said at the time that something in the deck structure "gave out."

    Along with a new bar, a new draft system and a remodeled interior, the new Shuckers features a safe and secure deck, according to Portela.

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    Twelve hours after the deck collapse at Shuckers Bar & Grill in North Bay Village, Rebecca Diaz went back to see what the scene looked like during the day. She and Eric Williams, who jumped into the unknown to help those who were trapped in the water, spoke about what happened Thursday night.

    "They just over engineered it, made it as strong as possible," Portela said. "This deck will be here for a long time."

    Many former employees returned to work at the new Shuckers Wednesday.

    "We promised them when everything happened that they would be our first call, which we did, and we got a lot of them back," Portela said. "They were very happy to be back."

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