Original Mario the Baker location to close

The original Mario the Baker restaurant on Dixie Highway in North Miami may soon close amid a pending foreclosure case.

The long-standing, locally owned Italian restaurant chain opened its first store at 13695 W. Dixie Highway in Miami in 1969.

Owner Salvatore Siragusa said the restaurant would remain open for now and it was unclear when it would close. He said he plans to move the restaurant to the Biscayne Commons shopping center at Biscayne Boulevard and 146th Street in North Miami.

The original Dixie Highway location is listed for sale at $980,000 by Weichert Realtors. The listing has been on the market since February. Miami-Dade County court records show that foreclosure proceedings have been in the works on the restaurant since September 2009.

There are 12 Mario the Baker restaurants in Miami-Dade and south Broward counties. The Mario the Baker location in Pembroke Pines closed earlier this year. The restaurants serve pizza, sub sandwiches, pasta and Italian meat dinners.

The original Mario the Baker owner sold the business in the 1990s.The original owner’s nephew, John Scinicariello, opened his own restaurant, John the Baker, in Pembroke Pines after working as a manager at Mario the Baker for 23 years.

Scinicariello opened a second location in Cooper City in 2006. The John the Baker restaurants no longer have any connection to the Mario the Baker chain.


Source:  Miami Herald