Local officials joined Collegeville Italian Bakery staff and customers to celebrate the new dining room addition, which will now let fans of the bustling deli enjoy their sandwiches on site.
Co-owners Patrizia and Steve Carcarey, a husband-and-wife team, started working to expand the deli in September, after Enterprise Rent-A-Car, formerly in the dining room space, moved across the Perkiomen Bridge into Collegeville.
“From the painters, to the tile, to the contractors – Patrizia and I appreciate everybody’s help to make our dream happen,” said Steve Carcarey, addressing the crowd.
State Senator John Rafferty and State Representative Mike Vereb were on hand to help cut the ribbon – and a loaf of bread – to celebrate the occasion. Trappe Mayor Connie Peck, Lower Providence Police Chief Bud Carroll, District Justice Cathleen Kelly Rebar and other officials were also on hand.
The dining area officially opened on Jan. 18, and has had a great reception this far.
“Our customers wanted it, so that’s why we did it,” Carcarey said.
Lou Mascaro, a customer, spoke highly of the Italian fare.
“We enjoy the Italian dishes they have – they do our catering at our office in Audubon,” Mascaro said.
In the near future, fans of the Collegeville Bakery catering will be able to enjoy some of their favorites in the restaurant.
According to Carcarey, they will start a “pasta of the day” feature next week, and will eventually offer a family-style dinner a few times per month.