A family-run restaurant in Salem that’s been catering to diners who love Italian food is closing its doors after 90 years in business.

According to a Facebook post from fourth-generation owners, Jim and Karen Augusta, DeRienzo’s Italian Foods will be closing its restaurant at 387 South Broadway Avenue as of 7 p.m. Sunday.

Jim and I have seen many family members come and go throughout the years. As time went on, family members would grow up and thus bring in their children to keep the tradition going. We truly appreciate everyone’s patronage and loyalty throughout the years, but we felt at our age this was our time to retire. So once again, we truly thank you for the many years we have been able to serve the community. We will miss seeing all the familiar faces. Also, a big thank you to our fantastic staff who have been with us for many years. We couldn’t have done it without you or asked for a better crew. You guys are the best around. Once again, Thank you!!

In business since 1933, DeRienzo’s has featured dine-in and carry-out Italian and American food, pizza, beer, and wine 7 days a week.

Co-Owner and President of DeRienzo's Jim Augusta says there is a pending sale of the restaurant underway. He says new owners are going to be taking over the business shortly after March 1, 2024.

Augusta says that restaurant will be closed for around three months to make renovations to the building. The restaurant will have a new name, but Augusta says that they have sold the recipes to the new owners. 

Augusta also said that when the restaurant is ready to re-open it's doors he'll be coming in to show the new owners how to cook those recipes. He also said that the new owners were hoping to retain employees who are interested in returning after the renovations.