EastBayRI.com: Less than 48 hours after Sandy’s storm surge left his restaurant flooded in 18” of bay water, Wharf Tavern owner Greg Esmay stood at the bar, looking out at the gray river behind him. A few folks before him were eating their lunch, and another large group was sitting at a table overlooking the water, laughing and talking.

“It wasn’t as bad” as it could have been, said Mr. Esmay of the flood that ruined much of the restaurant’s hardwoods, carpeting and paneling. “We’re working on it a little bit at a time, but we’re open.”

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