Just received confirmation from the top guys at County Line that their sister restaurant, Cannoli Joe’s is closing this Thursday. The concept was a kind of Italian buffet with the interior resembling a street in an Italian town. However, each food station on the “street” was supported by a cook responsible for that section. Nothing was mass produced. I thought the bang for the buck was pretty darn good, and the food was also a step above the Olive Gardens of the world. But their food costs simply couldn’t be cut to the point where it was consistently profitable.
Another note about the closing. The owners are making a sincere attempt to find jobs for some of the staff at the other County Lines and helping out others in any way possible. I like this. I’ve seen too many restaurants just turn out the lights with almost no notice to the employees. In fact, on Thursday the 31st, all sales will go directly into the pockets of the employees. So if you’ve enjoyed Cannoli Joe’s, head out there Thursday and support the staff.