SPOKANE, Wash --- Cassano’s Grocery is looking to move to a smaller location to keep its authentic feel and to move closer to what the restaurant originally was.
The local grocery store has been a staple in Spokane for many years since its opening in the 1920s. It was a hub of Italian food and atmosphere for everyone in the area.
Cassano’s Grocery is located at 2002 East Mission Avenue in Spokane. It has been there since 2009 when it moved from its long time location on East Sprague. The owner, Carl Naccarato, wants to move to a smaller location after they do something with the property they have now.
“I want to get back to a little Italian grocery store, I don’t need this much, I only need a third of the 6,000 square feet…it costs more than it needs to in its current state. That’s one of the main reasons, I’m looking for something more intimate,” said Carl Naccarato.
He wants to get back to more of what the store was when it started. Naccarato said his market is for filling a niche and is an ethnic enrichment that Spokane may be lacking.
“The Cassano name is important to us, it is a cornerstone for a lot of people around here, there’s a lot of memories from generations of people here. There’s not enough of that feeling for small businesses,” said Naccarato.
The front of the store is closed off because it is too much space to manage said Naccarato. He wants a new location where he can do all the things the store is known for, from catering to a private dining room, he does not want the day to day operations to change. He just wants a new smaller space that feels more comfortable. A space in the same neighborhood would be ideal because Naccarato said he felt comfortable in that area and he thought it was on the upswing.
“I’m still in good shape and I enjoy doing it…I want to do it as long as I can manage it and it doesn’t manage me,” said Naccarato, when asked about how long he wants to work at the store.
Naccarato and the three Italian girls that work at the store are excited for the move and to get back to a unique product that no one else in town really has.
A recommended lunch starts with one of the soups or salads that are made fresh every day, followed by one of their Italian sandwiches with hot spicy capicola, some sharper than normal provolone, tomatoes, onions, fresh lettuce, their own herb vinaigrette dressing on a freshly made baguette roll said Naccarato.
The store might be moving but the owner wants people to know it will not change the kind of service or products that they have.