Sandie and Tony DelGreco, who have been running the Centre Café for seven years, sold the business on Monday, March 3.
The DelGrecos thanked customers for their patronage on Facebook and held a goodbye party with staff and customers on Thursday.
The Centre Café has had a loyal following through the years with many customers returning to the Park Street breakfast and lunch location each week. It has received rave reviews on consumer site Yelp – four out of five stars.
The DelGrecos said they are looking to open a new restaurant, possibly in Wilmington. They hope to open a Southern BBQ Smokehouse Bar and Grille, they said on Facebook.
“Thank you all so much and we look to seeing you in the future,” said the DelGrecos.
The new Center Café owner is reportedly looking to keep a restaurant at the location.
The DelGrecos tried to get a wine and malt beverage license from North Reading, but was declined by the Board of Selectmen, most recently in November. The board voted down the license by a split vote with Chairman Sean Delaney and Robert Mauceri voting in favor and Stephen O’Leary, Michael Prisco and Joseph Foti voting against.
The majority opposed the license because of:
- A lack of parking.
- Pedestrian issues.
- Safety and traffic issues.
- Neighbor opposition.
- The previous establishments at that location, at 118 Park St., near Route 62, have not been open past 8 p.m. (the plan included expanding the restaurant’s hours until 10:30 p.m.)
- Nothing has changed since the last time the establishment requested and was rejected for a license in 2009.