Ciccino’s Pizzeria and Restaurant has announced it will be closing its dining room and bar area at its Exchange Street location in Geneva. The restaurant will continue to operate on a take-out and delivery basis only.
Owner Salvatore Franzone says take-out and delivery have been a focus since they opened the Geneva location in July 2006. “It has been part of our mission statement offering a quality dining experience on-and-off-the premises,” he said.
Franzone added that the food service industry has been greatly impacted by the pandemic, but it was not the sole reason for their decision to switch to take-out and delivery at the Geneva location.
“COVID is partly responsible but weighs heavily in our decision as well as Lyons National Banks (Landlords) need for additional space for their staff and departments,” he said. “Let’s all face it, the last two years have been a rollercoaster of a ride for everyone. With that being said, we have had to adapt on the fly our business models to everyday changes that have been imposed on us. With these changes being made, we have had to make a calculated and logical business decision moving forward which best suits our business philosophy and practices. Take-out and delivery has always been offered since our opening in May 1996. Those services are now stronger than ever in the restaurant industry and here to stay as a norm.”
Franzone’s Waterloo location will still offer dine-in service, as well as take-out and delivery with slight variations in menu options.
“There will be some menu items that will be modified to accommodate service changes,” Franzone added. “We anticipate a hybrid menu between our fast-casual food court location at del Lago Resort and Casino and our full-service Waterloo location.”
Both locations will still offer off-premises catering, with the Waterloo store offering on-premises catering at its “Secondo Piano” second-floor banquet room.
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