VERONA BEACH, N.Y. - The Spaghetti Factory in Verona Beach reopened it's doors on Wednesday for it's 41st year.
This is the first year the restaurant is under new ownership but the previous owners will be around to make sure the transition is a smooth one.
John Gwilt and his wife Barb have owned the Spaghetti Factory since 1978 and they say it's time to sell because a running a business for 40 years can be tiring.
"We're just tired, and it's age more than anything," John Gwilt said.
The restaurant now belongs to Jason Spellicy and his wife Amanda.
"Jason was handpicked," Gwilt said. "I really wanted him to take over."
Spellicy says he is honored to take over.
"They wouldn't just sell this to anybody," Spellicy said.
Besides the owners, everything at the Spaghetti Factory will remain the same.
"It is truly a 41st year for this restaurant," Spellicy said. "We have 90 to 95 percent of the staff returning, all the same faces taking care of the customers out front. I have a cook preparing all the food just as its always been."
From one family to another and one dream to another.
"My wife and I, its been our dream and we got our dream and most people don't and that's the way we look at life," Gwilt said.
"I've always had a pipe dream of it being my own restaurant some day," Spellicy said.
The restaurant is seasonal. Spellicy says it usually opens around Spring and closes in the Fall. He says he plans on staying open until the weekend before Thanksgiving, and hopes to host private holiday parties.
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