After closing final summer season, Scardina Specialties, the family-owned deli which has been serving up Italian staples like spiedini, meatball sandwiches and housemade sausages since 2012, can be reopening in a brand new location at 715 E. Locust St.
In reality, if all goes effectively, the Italian deli may reopen for enterprise as quickly as mid-summer. And proprietor Damien Scardina says that the deli plans to have a presence on the Locust Street Festival of Music & Art, even when the constructing isn’t fairly completed but.
Scardina Specialties, which was based by Peter and Maria Scardina a decade in the past at 822 E. Chambers St. – and which swiftly turned a beloved staple within the Riverwest neighborhood – has been operated by second technology proprietor Damien Scardina since 2016.
Unfortunately, after two years of coping with the hardships of the pandemic, Scardina was compelled to shut up store when the City’s Department of Neighborhood Services issued a raze order for the constructing, declaring it “unfit for human habitation.”
Closing the doorways of his enterprise was powerful, says Scardina. But, regardless of instantly starting a seek for a brand new location, he says the uncertainty was attempting.
“For months, people have been stopping me to ask what was going on,” he says. “And I didn’t know what to say… because we really didn’t know what the future would bring. I had offers to re-open the business on the East Side and North Shore,” he says. “But I was born and raised in Riverwest, and I really wanted to keep the family business right here.”
Fortunately, he says, constructing proprietor Anne Maedke, made that dream potential by promoting him the previous Riverwest Healing Arts Center.
“She has always been an advocate for maintaining local ownership in the neighborhood,” says Scardina. “And she made it possible for me to stay in Riverwest. I’m grateful to her for selling me the building, and I’m grateful to Athena Agoudemos from SBDC who assisted me in getting all the paperwork together to make it happen.”
Scardina signed off on the constructing final week and he says demolition on the brand new location has already begun.
“We are able to rock and roll,’ he says.
Longtime followers of Scardina Specialties have an incredible deal to stay up for because the deli strikes into its new house, which is greater than double the scale of its former quarters.
In reality, Scardina says which means he’ll not solely be capable of improve to a full-sized kitchen, but additionally add a small cafe-style space with 10-12 seats the place hungry friends can linger to take pleasure in a sandwich.
Plans for the house, he says, had been drawn up by native architect Keith Stachowiak, and the build-out can be accomplished by Geoff Gurgle of Satyba Build.
“We’re going to be able to do way more here,” Scardina says, noting that friends can anticipate a menu of all their favourite gadgets from housemade sausages (Hungarian, bratwurst and Italian) to sizzling ham and rolls. “But we’ll also be adding a few pasta dishes.”
Scardina says he’ll additionally apply for a Class A liquor license, which is able to permit him to hold bottled Italian wine and beer, together with a choice of craft brews from native breweries like Black Husky, Company, Gathering Place and Lakefront Brewing, which truly acquired its begin in Riverwest inside the identical constructing the place Scardina Specialties operated for practically a decade.