Niagara Gazette

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September 9, 2013

HIGGS: Spotlight shines on Joey's, WIlliamson Funeral Home

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Niagara Gazette — Michael is active in the New Hope Baptist Church servicing as a deacon. He said his grandparents founded the church back in 1937.

We at NBC are proud of the family’s accomplishments and are fortunate to have them in this very visible spot on Main Street in our city. Their public service has been an important asset to Niagara Falls.

During June the business chosen to receive the Spotlight was Joey’s Pizzeria at 8707 Buffalo Ave. I was away so I just went there to meet with owner and when I walked inside I said “WOW! White table cloths yet!” Joey Previte was at the bar and laughed when I told him that in Italy they warned you about eating in a place with white table cloths as it would be more expensive. Not the case here. While this is a friendly family place (no rowdies allowed) with the right prices, he feels it adds some class like the flowers outside. Nothing wrong with that and that is probably why his business was “spotlighted” in June. Four studio apartments are rented to long-time tenants upstairs.

Back in the 1950s and ’60s this was the Marine Grill and for a short time it was Sammy’s where Joey started his pizza career, finally taking over in the 1980s. He admitted he is semi-retired as his two sons really operate the business now and he comes in daily to start up the pizza ovens and do some extras like washing the windows, etc. The place is spotless. The menu includes Friday fish frys, wings and other items but pizza is the specialty here and the phone rings constantly with call in orders for delivery and pre-lunch orders. Three large television flat screens dominate the place and there is still a small old type in the corner all of which are usually tuned into sports which pleases the late night crowd. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays and open till midnight on Friday and Saturdays.

Joey has a great personality and we had lots of fun sharing stories. He is fortunate to have his sons taking over just like at Williamson’s Funeral Home as it means the lessons learned from “Dad” will continue the business success for the son(s). And the customers will be the winners.

Norma Higgs serves with the Niagara Beautification Commission and Niagara Falls Block Club Council.

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