“My goal would be to rebuild,” he said.
Funds from the federal Paycheck Protection Program have helped the restaurant to rebound from closure during the pandemic, but Ippolito does not foresee sales returning to what they were anytime soon.
His parents, George and Toni Ippolito, moved to the Atlanta area from Connecticut in 1987 and started the restaurant in Roswell two years later. The Sandy Springs location followed in 1992. Brandon Ippolito’s parents retired from the business in 2015, leaving it to him to operate.
The Sandy Springs and Roswell locations were doing well before the pandemic started, Ippolito said. They closed for nearly two months and reopened May 4 with curbside and takeout options, and limited dine-in service in the following weeks.
The Ippolito family also owns, Ipps Pastaria in Roswell and Woodstock; and franchised additional Ippolito’s locations in Alpharetta and Suwanee to close family and friends.
Brandon said it’s been difficult for his parents to see the business challenges of 2020. “I know its hard for them,” he said. “Its just a crazy time to try to navigate these waters.”