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La Hacienda to Re-Open in Niagara Falls Under New Management

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By: Nicholas D. D’Angelo

Closed since March 11th, 2018, La Hacienda Restaurant will open again under new ownership, but with familiar faces.

After the passing of Aldo Evangelista, at his restaurant on March 1st, 2018, many wondered if the business would continue or stop altogether. Hope grew when the popular restaurant re-opened for a few days, but ultimately La Hacienda shut its doors reportedly for good on March 11th.

The famous local Italian restaurant, sitting on the corner of Pine Avenue and 31st Street, was truly iconic.  It was the landmark – along with the Como Restaurant and Michael’s were the three mainstays of historic Little Italy along Pine Ave. in Niagara Falls.

The Niagara Reporter learned on Sunday that Niagara Falls businessman George Satarian has entered into a contract to purchase La Hacienda for $400,000.

Previously, reported to have been asking for more than $1 million for the property, the family tempered expectations after receiving offers for substantially less than $500,000.

Niagara Falls residents rejoiced at the news that La Hacienda would reopen and under the management of someone so able as Satarian, who promises to keep the old staff – most of whom have been there for years.

On Social media, news spread like wildfire.

“Congratulations George,” said Patricia vis Conti, “for saving our famous La Hacienda I know you will be very successful.”

Molly Cir, a former Niagara Falls resident, said, “when I lived in the Falls it was our go-to restaurant!!”

Residents were ecstatic that Satarian planned to keep the same employees.

“Very happy he will be keeping the employees,” said Linda Gorman.

Sharon Harshman, who commented that she was happy to hear the restaurant would re-open for good, said that “keeping the employees too makes it even better!”

Famed for its sauces, its remarkable pizza, its specialty Italian dishes and its quiet, graceful ambience, it is a great boon to a struggling city to see one of its landmark eateries revived from the pallor of death. Aldo Evangelista made it is his life’s work for the people of Niagara Falls and visitors alike, and his successor George Satarian is well known as an entrepreneur with a gracious spirit who will do the same.

If you see Mr. Satarian, make sure to say ‘thank you. Niagara Falls is a better place’ thanks to him and his effort to keep for the people here this timeless, classic restaurant in business.

George Satarian [r] with former State Senator George Maziarz and local businessman Roger Trevino of Niagara Falls Redevelopment.

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