Spampi’s in Orangeburg to close Saturday, Jan. 23

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This email came from Rob Spampinato, owner of Spampi’s:

Dear Friends, Family, and all the Great Spampi’s Customers, Spampi’s opened its doors on Friday November 21, 2008. We were blessed with a packed dining room that whole weekend, and many thereafter. Our first Christmas Eve and New Years Eve also brought us packed dining rooms and hundreds of happy customers. We’ve had the pleasure of presenting some amazing musicians and entertainers every Friday and Saturday night, and having created a successful weekly open mic night that brought out some of Rockland’s best talent. Over the following fourteen months we turned what had once been the location of rave clubs, opera restaurants, and dive bars into a family owned and operated restaurant that made all customers feel like a “Spampi”, we offered a menu that stretched the imagination of what Italian food could look and taste like, and created a home in our bar for local musicians to drink esoteric wine and micro brews, look at our collection of music memorabilia, jam, and talk shop with our rock star bartenders. We started with a traditional Italian menu and over time grew into more exotic cuisine all while captivating our customers with the flair of our generations old family recipes blended with international techniques. Our head chef Jesus J. Murillo would travel from market to market with us selecting the freshest produce and the best cuts of meat and fish to butcher on premise and prepare in ways both eclectic and classical. After a thirty-year hiatus in Rockland, Spampi’s came back and thrived in what could be the worst economic time of our generation. We built up a solid customer base and “regulars” that feel like part of our family. And now, after fourteen months, Spampi’s will again be taking a hiatus. Spampi’s Trattoria and Tavern will be closing its doors on Saturday January 23, 2010. After some time contemplating this decision and due to a combination of the economic times, other opportunities, and health issues, we’ve decided this is the best time to move on. We will be having our last open mic on Wednesday January 20th and offering live music on Friday the 22nd with Yan rocking the piano, and then on Saturday January 23rd we will be having a “Moving On Bash” with the always amazing Atomic Robot. We cannot express enough thanks from the bottom of our hearts to all of the friends we’ve made along the way. Without all of you, none of this would have been possible. Thank you for coming in and trying us, remembering us from thirty years ago, and hearing our story and sharing yours with us. We hope to see all of you this final week, especially all the great musicians on Wednesday for the final open mic, and everyone on Saturday the 23rd. Thank You All The Spampinato Family

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