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Siciliano Subs Celebrates Reopen Amid Pandemic

The future is looking a bit brighter for a local restaurant that closed its doors because of the sagging economy.

Posted: Feb 23, 2021 5:10 PM
Updated: Feb 23, 2021 6:38 PM

The future is looking a bit brighter for a local restaurant that closed its doors because of the sagging economy.

The resurrection of a sandwich shop left for dead is now offering hope for other struggling restaurants.

The reopening breathing life into that business.

"I'm so excited. I'm so nervous," says Danielle Hodge, Siciliano Subs co-owner. "Part of me is 'will people come?' and then the other part of me is 'can I keep up?"

It's the start of a new day at Siciliano Subs in Evansville.

"Same menu, but just a little revamped," says Hodge.

The sign is now flipped to "open," and the deli is fresh.

But for this local business, they've faced every curveball the pandemic has thrown their way.

"You constantly being on your feet, thinking what do people need right now," says Hodge. "What does the community need right now? What's fresh? What's new? What's interesting? What's not being offered at many other places here?"

In November, business started to slow, and by December they had to close their doors.

"We really, truly thought we were done," says Hodge.

This couple stayed resilient.

"The whole time it was like one day we closed the doors, and the next day I said 'we have an idea' what do you think," says Hodge. "We shifted our focus."

With the start of the year, they introduced boxed lunches, catering, and charcuterie boards.

"The response was absolutely overwhelming to the point that we were making 125 charcuterie boards on a Friday night," says Hodge.

All items at Siciliano Subs are local from the bread to the art on the walls.

Tuesday marks a fresh start.

Light at the end of the tunnel, as the Hodge's are finally able to feel a sense of "normal" once again and get back on their feet.

"I don't know where we will fall between the two," says Hodge. "I'm just grateful and thankful and feel like Siciliano Subs is a Cinderella Story."

The shop will be open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.

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