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Sons of Italy making meatballs, sauce to help pay bills

Posted at 5:50 PM, May 13, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) -- — A local landmark ravaged by fire 3 years ago is finding a unique way to keep them going a little before re-opening.

Sons of Italy has been closed since the pandemic started, but they’re making meatballs and sauce and sometimes sausage to sell to members and loyal customers.

In 2017 a fire destroyed the building. They re-opened in February and had huge crowds before having to close in March.

They’re working with the bank to defer payments until they can re-open, and selling the food when they can cook it up to pay bills.

“A lot of orchestration behind the scenes, it does take quite a few people and again with the volunteers being of that more susceptible demographic we don’t really want to go the full tilt. But by doing the sausage and the meatball we can get a few people in,” said Dan Matuella, the State Lodge President of Sons of Italy.

They’re hoping to get the inside open at least for a couple weeks mid-June.