I was disappointed this week to hear about the closing of Popolano’s Restaurant in Lansing. The longtime restaurant will close it’s doors after Jan. 1. Ever since word got out they would soon close, the parking lot seems to be packed and I am seeing posts from friends on Facebook that they’ve gone to enjoy a last meal or to pick up a final pizza.
Losing a place like Popolano’s hurts not just because it will be an empty building in town, but because it was a part of the town for so long. It’s where families have gathered after sporting events at the high school or to celebrate a graduation. I’ve been there many, many times over the years — for dinners with my former co-workers, for dates with my husband, for lunch with my dad or my sister-in-law, for a special dinner out with one of the boys for some one-on-one time. Each winter the kids looked forward to going there to use their free pizza coupon that came in the goodie bag from Santa or going there in the summer after they got a pizza certificate at the end of the school year for advancing to the next grade. I’ve been there for meetings and banquets for different clubs and social organizations over the years. We held a shower there for my sister when she got married.
In a day and age when so many dining establishments in our area are run by chains, rather than by families, it’s a shame to see another mom and pop place close it’s doors. I’ll miss the soup. And the rolls. And the tiramisu. And the atmosphere. And the comfort of knowing that one of the few family-run restaurants in the area was just a few blocks away.
T.F. South History Club donates $800 for veteran dinner
I was so pleased recently to learn that the T.F. South High School History Club, sponsored by Chris Roberts, had taken donations to go to a veterans cause. Roberts said that each year, the club takes donations around Veterans Day from the students.
This year, it was decided to use that money locally and donate it to the LCPL Philip J. Martini Memorial Fund, which in turn is donating it to the Lansing Junior Women’s Club. I’ve been a longtime member of the club and five years ago we started an annual dinner to thank our veterans for their service. It’s an evening where veterans and a guest are treated to dinner, dessert, entertainment and a free raffle and told “thank you” numerous times. That’s where the money will go.
Roberts said that when students learned that Martini was a T.F. South graduate, they were very generous and $800 was collected in just four days. Thanks to the kids for the generosity and Roberts for coordinating it and to all the vets and current military personnel (that includes my two nephews, Jeff and James Dubish, for serving.