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November 23, 2022

Family sells Shrewsbury Street restaurant to former corporate restaurant manager

Photo | Timothy Doyle La Scala Restaurante on Shrewsbury Street, Worcester

A Shrewsbury Street restaurant, family-owned since 2009, has a new owner.

The Zona family has sold La Scala Restaurante at 183 Shrewsbury St., according to Worcester real estate firm Kelleher & Sadowsky Associates, whose Mark Johns brokered the deal on Nov. 16.

The husband-and-wife team of Maria and Kevin Zona have run La Scala, which features Italian food, for the past 13 years. They are graduates of Providence’s Johnson and Wales University.

The couple feature their children – Francesca, Julia, & Niccola – on the restaurant’s website, stressing the importance of family in the operation of the restaurant.

“It’s time for us to say farewell to our little piece of Italy. Kevin and I along with our three beautiful daughters, Francesca Zona, Julia Zona and Niccola Zona want to thank every beautiful guest that has graced us with their presence at our restaurant,” Maria Zona wrote in a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page on Nov. 7. “This was a very hard decision, but the hard decisions in life sometimes are the greatest ones. Our heart and soul and many endless nights and early mornings at 183 Shrewsbury Street, but we made it through some very difficult situations.” 

The new owner is Dave Purvis, according to Kelleher & Sadowsky.

Purvis was a regional and store manager for the Darden Restaurants, a publicly-owned company based in Florida operating concepts like Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, and The Capital Grille.

The sale price of the La Scala Restaurante was not disclosed.

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November 30, 2022
This place is so lucky to have Dave. He is an amazing person and boss. He will make this business continue to thrive, and improve in places it needs to. This is a great thing!!!
November 30, 2022

Wont become a chain, will remain similar with a few positive changes.

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