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December 8, 2013

CITY DESK: Missing Mom's already

Niagara Gazette — Here's all you need to know about Jim Catanese and his staff at Mom's Family Restaurant:

Several weeks ago, when my parents were visiting the area with a large contingent of family members, including my cousins from Florida and Pittsburgh, they tried to grab a bite to eat at a popular chain restaurant on Military Road.

When they arrived, the staff informed them that it would be at least an hour before they could accommodate such a large group. 

I had mentioned Mom's as a possible stop to my dad earlier in the day so he took his crew over to the popular restaurant in the Mil-Pine Plaza.

Sure enough, Catanese and the folks at Mom's took care of them — all of them — as it turns out in a very friendly and memorable way. 

My dad said my aunts and cousins raved about the food and generally enjoyed the down-home feel of the place. 

My parents, who had never been to Mom's before, have since returned for dinner and, of course, pie. 

As Catanese said in our story last week about the pending closure of the popular local eatery, to those in the know — both near and far — Mom's has become something of a Niagara Falls institution of eating, one of those must-visit spots rivaling Viola's Subs, the Como Restaurant, DeeDee's Ice Cream and DiCamilo's Bakery.

To learn that Catanese and company have to clear out of the building by the end of the month as per the wishes of the Mil-Pine Plaza owners is heartbreaking for a lot of regulars, my family included. 

A few years back, I interviewed Catanese about all the development springing up around his restaurant in the Military Road-Niagara Falls Boulevard corridor. 

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