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Royal Oak pizza restaurant Pasquale’s for sale

Pasquale’s, a Royal Oak pasta and pizza restaurant in business since 1954, is available for sale or lease as the owners look to retire.

The family is hopeful that the property on 31555 Woodward Ave., between 13 Mile and Normandy, could continue as Pasquale’s under new leadership, but the options are open.

“It’s a little bit of a tearjerker,” said Michael DelGiudice, 58, who started working for the family business at age 5. “At this point, I’m ready to be on the beach a little bit more, that’s the way I’m looking at it.”

His father, Pasquale DelGiudice, started the business, and the son owns it with his brothers, who are both in their 60s. Michael DelGiudice said a tight labor market has made it difficult to keep employees, and he’s concerned that news of their plans for the business will cause staff to leave.

But if it closes, that will be “months away,” he said. “I will stay open in some function, even if I have to reduce my seating.”

The plans for the property were first reported Thursday by Crain’s Detroit Business, which said the property is being marketed by real estate firm RBC1 LLC.

DelGiudice said the restaurant, including two floors, is nearly 15,000 square feet, and the property is a little over an acre. Until 1971, the business was across the street in a building now occupied by Red Coat Tavern. That location is where he started working as a 5-year-old, “standing on a milk crate washing dishes,” he said.

He worked several jobs there over the years, including more than 40 in management.

“It’s a very tough business,” he said. “Before you know it, 10 years goes by, I’m going to be pushing 70. (I have an) active life, I want to take advantage of it.”

Then-Free Press columnist Bob Talbert wrote in a Sept. 27, 1984, piece that the family’s original recipe pizza baked in a “well-seasoned brick oven” was “a contender in any pizza contest anywhere.”

“While the pizza with the great crust is the mainstay and drawing card, let me recommend the done-just-right eggplant parmigiana and Potato Flora, a spiced-up deep-fried mashed potato item that’s one of the finest side orders you’ll find in this town,” Talbert wrote.


Posted By: Detroit Free Press on October 10, 2018.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.

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