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Need2Know: Downtown Greek Pitas to close; Pasghetti’s brings Italian food to Chino Valley

Dave and Sherry Marino will be shutting down their Downtown Greek Pita restaurant at 148 N. Montezuma on March 11.

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Dave and Sherry Marino will be shutting down their Downtown Greek Pita restaurant at 148 N. Montezuma on March 11.

Downtown Greek Pitas to shut down

Dave and Sherry Marino will be shutting down their Downtown Greek Pita restaurant at 148 N. Montezuma on March 11.

Running two restaurants plus a third business, Armadilla Wax Works, “is just too much for us,” Sherry said, and business is great at the couple’s other place, Marino’s Mob Burger on Cortez Street across from the courthouse.

“Restaurants take everything you have,” so they are selling the Greek location, she said. “We can focus on all the ideas and fun stuff we have, and keep talking about for Mob, but can never get to it.”

The Marinos actually owned the Greek restaurant first, but when the Kendall’s Famous Burgers and Ice Cream location became available in 2013, they decided to buy the iconic burger shop and keep serving hamburgers.

As for the Greek restaurant, the Marinos believe they’ve found a buyer already.

Pasghetti’s brings Italian food to Chino Valley

Pasghetti’s Pasta Joint opened Feb. 25 in Chino Valley. Don’t let the name fool you: this is serious Italian food, with menu items like Pork Scaloppini Madeira, Capellini Shrimp Pomodoro, and Chicken Saltimbocca. Chino’s Chamber director, John Coomer, said the restaurant has “received great early reviews.”

For more information and hours, call 928-636-2921.

Businesses ‘coming back’ to the chambers

Both the Prescott and Prescott Valley chambers of commerce report encouraging numbers of new members this year.

Todd Mason, Business Development manager at the Prescott Chamber, said they’ve had 28 businesses join since the start of 2018. “We’re continuing to reach out to all businesses in Prescott, trying to get them to join the chamber because it’s going so well,” he said.

Marnie Uhl, CEO of the PV Chamber, said, “Members are up, they’re coming in.”

She said the PV Chamber has added about 65 new business members for the year so far.

Uhl added that “it’s growing very well,” and said “our report to the board was amazing.”

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