First Valentino's Location Serves Its Last Pizza


The first Valentino's restaurant has baked its last pizza and served its last customer in Lincoln.

The restaurant at the 34th and Holdrege filled up on Sunday, its last day of business, by many longtime customers. The original location opened its doors in 1957 and has thrived over the years.

The company has grown to 35 restaurant locations in four states since changing ownership in 1971.

Assistant manager Mohammad Al-Haidari said that he was the first employee to greet a customer on Sunday and that he wanted to be the last employee to say goodbye to the restaurant's last customer. Al-Haidari said the restaurant was in need of some modernization and an updated look.

A new Valentino's will be opening next door.