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Longstanding Romano's restaurant reopens at new location in Griffith

Romano's has reopened at 45th Street in Griffith.

GRIFFITH — You can't keep a good hoagie down.

Romano's, the so-called Home of the Hoagie, has reopened at a new location in Griffith after closing earlier this year.

The 70-year-old pizzeria that's known for its ham hoagie has reopened at 1927 W 45th St. in the Grifflands Plaza strip mall in Griffith. Lines stretched out the door when it reopened Monday, and its phone lines have been swamped since it returned after a few months' absence.

The eatery closed earlier this year after a new owner acquired its longtime home at Broad Street and 61st Avenue in rural Griffith sold the building, which is being turned into the Shipwreck Bar & Grill, a Florida beach-themed seafood restaurant. 

A Region institution, Romano's dates back to 1948 in Highland, when it first opened by the now-bygone Town Theatre. The purveyor of traditional Italian specialties sells pizza, pasta, salads, burgers and appetizers such as fried zucchini, fried cauliflower, breaded mushrooms, garlic bread, and mac and cheese wedges.

Specialty pizzas included the King Supreme, the spicy Hot Stuff and the Meat-a-tarian that's loaded with sausage, pepperoni, ham and bacon pieces.

It's well known for its sandwiches, including a ribeye steak hoagie, a meatball sub, and Italian sausage and beef combo, and its famous ham hoagie, which stuffs fresh Vienna Bread with imported Polish ham and a secret blend of pizza cheese.

Romano's is open from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 219-838-1731.

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