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Up from the Ashes, Terilli's Celebrates 25 Years

Terilli's Restaurant, Greenville Avenue's Italian-food standby, celebrates 25 years in business tonight -- an anniversary that, as flames ripped through the restaurant last year, may have seemed impossible.

We recently spoke with Amanda Terilli about the milestone and tonight's party.

What was it like rebuilding Terilli's after the fire last year? Everything was destroyed  we had to completely rebuild from the ground up. It took about six months for them to clear the debris and about a year for them to reconstruct the restaurant.

Were there any reservations about rebuilding after the incident? The first couple months we weren't sure, but we decided it was something that needed to be done for our family and for the community.

How has Terrili's changed after 25 years? It went from my Mom walking around the restaurant hot-pink cowboy boots, when it first started, to what it is now. I've seen the menu change and other small things, but we used the same staff for 20 years. It's always been a family atmosphere.

And tonight? It's a chance to show the community that we're still around after 25 years even after the setbacks we've endured.

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The Terilli's anniversary party, dubbed Witches Brew and BBQ, starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 at the door and include complimentary live music, keg beer, sangria, wine and BBQ all night long.

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Joshua Lagunez