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Valentino's buffet in Lincoln closing for good
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Valentino's buffet in Lincoln closing for good

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Valentino’s says its Grand Italian Buffet at 70th and Van Dorn Streets in Lincoln will permanently close.

LINCOLN — The coronavirus pandemic and labor shortages have claimed another Lincoln restaurant.

Valentino’s announced Tuesday that its Grand Italian Buffet location at 70th and Van Dorn Streets, which has been closed for a year, will not reopen.

The company said in a press release that it “regretfully decided to permanently close” the location.

Originally opened as a Valentino’s Ristorante location in 1974, the location began to offer the buffet in the late 1970s and remodeled to the Grand Italian Buffet in 2002.

“We are grateful to our loyal customers over the years,” said Tony Messineo, Valentino’s president. “This Valentino’s buffet was a big part of many family traditions, including our family as well.”

Valentino’s said it will continue to operate its carry-out and delivery location in a nearby building.

Valentino’s operated a buffet for years out of its original location near the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus, but that building was torn down in 2014 and was replaced by a sit-down restaurant. Its dining room is open.

The only other Valentino’s sit-down restaurant in Lincoln, at SouthPointe Pavilions, is closed temporarily due to staffing problems but should reopen, officials said.

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