“This is Oneonta,” Avanzato said he told them, and charging “New York City prices” wouldn’t work.
Avanzato said his nephew was so excited about meeting Gandolfini that he stuttered while praising the actor’s genius.
“I’m a thug,” was Gandolfini’s reply, Avanzato said. Gandolfini referred to Avanzato, while giving him a hug, as “real mafioso.”
“No, no, Jim, we’re not.” Avanzato responded.
“The man was a genuine nice guy,” Avanzato said. “He had no airs about him.”
Vines re-opened in April 2004, and at the time James Johnson said he and Bo Matheson bought the restaurant, which was “a little less expensive, a little more mass appeal.”
Vines has since closed and was replaced by Athens Greek Restaurant, which also closed.
Now 214 Main St. is the Red Caboose Restaurant & Bar. The Caboose, which opened a year ago Thursday, is owned and operated by Tim and Hannah Masterjohn, Muller’s son-in-law and daughter.
“I’m glad Tim and Hannah are there now,” Muller said. “It’s a special place.”