SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)- The local Italian restaurant Luigi’s, loved by many is closing after operating for 70 years. The owners of the Deli at 700, Sam Deb and his cousin, Mado Adbelk, have purchased the premises and are opening another branch called ‘The Deli on Valley’.
The owners of the new restaurant held a grand opening today where many city officials including Mayor Walsh were present. The restaurant gave out free food for the customers to try it, as they hope they can become their new favorite.
Sam Deb, one of the owners, said, “If the customers give them a chance they’re going to see that our food is definitely top tier.” According to Deb, their pizza, turkey sandwiches, their famous wings and pasta could become the new favorite for the regular customers of Luigi’s.
One regular customer of Luigi’s, Patricia (who asked to remain anonymous) said the former restaurant has been her family’s favorite for generations. “I remember when I was a child I used to go with my parents and then when I had my own children, I used to take my own children there,” she said.
Although Luigi’s was her favorite for a long time, Patricia said the quality of food was not the same anymore. “I think everyone’s noticed the food quality has gone down ever since the old man Luigi retired” she said.
The grand opening today drew a large crowd and the new restaurant owners are hopeful to continue the legacy Luigi’s left behind.