By James Neal, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Downtown dining patrons still can expect the same food, service and ownership they’ve come to expect at Napoli’s Italian Restau-rant, but they’ll now find it at a new location.
Napoli’s opened at its new location Thursday, at 225 S. Grand, in the building formerly occupied by Pastimes.
Napoli’s owner Tony Zakuti said he was motivated to move to the former Pastimes building because it is a better location for Napoli’s than its former site at 221 W. Randolph.
Zakuti completed the purchase of the new location before Christ-mas and moved the restaurant shortly before New Year’s.
He said the new location’s adjacent parking lot and proximity to the new Enid Event Center and David Allen Memorial Ballpark, all were positive considerations in the move.
Zakuti said moving the restaurant from the city never was a consideration, and he’s been committed to growing his business here since he and brothers John and Bekim opened the restaurant in Enid seven years ago.
The restaurant business comes naturally for the Zakuti brothers, who grew up in their parents’ restaurant in Dallas.
“We’ve been doing this since we were young, and we just want to continue in the restaurant business,” Zakuti said.
He said they were drawn here in 2006 by an Enid native who used to frequent his parents’ restaurant in Dallas, and who repeatedly suggested they open a restaurant in Enid.
“We came here to check it out, and every time we came here we had a good feeling about Enid, and about business here,” Zakuti said.
He still has that good feeling about business in Enid, and about running a restaurant downtown.
“We’ve been here for seven years,” he said, “and the business has been really good to us, so why would we want to move further away from downtown?”
With the event center nearing completion, Zakuti expects downtown business, particularly at his new location, to improve in the near future.
“I think this is going to be a busy place,” he said, referring to the event center, “and when all this construction is done, I think everything will be a lot better.”
Zakuti said business was “a little slow” Thursday as regulars began to find their way to the new location, and by lunch Friday, business was “excellent ... very busy.”
There were no staff changes associated with the move, and the menu remains the same from the previous location.
Napoli’s is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday though Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.