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After a three-year break, the King family is back at the helm of Cal's Restaurant and Pizza Express in Garrettsville.
Aaron King and his mother, Carole, took over the ownership of the facility on Nov. 29, and they are eager to return Cal's into one of the top restaurants in the area, they said. Both said they have missed their regular customers and look forward to seeing them again, along with meeting new ones.
The restaurant has and will remain open during the transition period. The Kings do not expect any changes in the staff at this time, as all the employees are being retained.
Although Carole and Aaron King are back at the helm, they will turn the day-to-day management reins of the facility over to Brian Rader, who has been with the family for 25 years. Both Carole and Aaron King will be around to assist Rader. Aaron King is next door at Skylanes Bowling Alley and CaroleKing will be in the restaurant three days a week to assist with the operations.
One of the changes already being implemented by the Kings is going back to their original pizza ingredients.
The pair also recently had the pizza oven, "Big Bertha," rebuilt and it is now ready for use. The Kings said "Big Bertha" is Northeastern Ohio's largest pizza oven.
Expect to see items like veal and eggplant parmesan, and homemade chili return to the menu. The King's will also add slow-roasted prime rib on the menu for Friday and Saturday nights and will go back to their original recipe for fried chicken.
Besides bringing back menu items, homemade specials will return on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Cakes by Carolyn Miller also will return to the dessert menu along with Mrs. Clarke's pies. A new updated menu is being developed and will be implemented soon.
They also have updated their catering menu and redecorated Cal's II, which is available for events and parties.
The restaurant also will be remodeled. The landlord is working with the family to update the facility. Plans include changes to windows and carpeting in the regular dining room.
A new website and social media sites are being developed and will be up and running soon.
Cal's also will offer complete menu delivery service, which means everything on their menu is available for delivery service.
January will mark the 30th anniversary for the restaurant and the 27th for the King family. They are busy planning for specials for their anniversary.
Cal's is located at 8301 Windham St. (S.R 82) in the Sky Plaza and can be reached at 330-527-2133.