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Two long-time Thorold eateries are closing permanently

Both businesses served hot meals to Thorold residents for decades

Downtown Thorold is going through a change this summer as two of its foodie destinations, Italian bakery Riganelli’s and restaurant Hana’s Place, have decided to close their doors for good.

ThoroldToday has confirmed that both businesses are permanently closed, but the business owners in question were not able to comment at this time.

Riganelli’s was founded by the Riganelli family in 1957, until it was taken over by Nick Dell’Omo in 1999. Dell’Omo started working in the bakery at 11 years old so when he took over the business he made sure to keep the Riganelli family spirit alive. He expanded the bakery to supply bread products to grocery stores all over Niagara. Last Saturday was the last time Dell’Omo opened his doors and sold the people of Thorold his delicious breads and pastries.

On Tuesday, the iconic building had the windows covered with cardboard, greeting a steady stream of customers who had not yet heard of the bakery's departure.

Hana’s Place, located on Front Street, was owned by the Vargovic family. For more than 15 years Hana Vargovic cooked Eastern European food for anyone looking for a great homemade meal.

The closures were based on each business owner’s decision to retire, ThoroldToday was told. Both business locations have been sold and will not continue under new ownership. Riganelli’s location will become a private residence and the Hana’s Place building will have a mix of commercial and residential use, said a realty representative.

We will report more on this story as details become available.

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