Colombo's not pursuing Abbicci property

Broker says three parties are seriously pursuing now-closed restaurant
Several parties reportedly are interested in buying Abbicci, a top Cape restaurant that closed last fall. CapeCodToday.com file photo.

By James Kinsella

The broker handling the sale of the former Abbicci restaurant on Route 6A in Yarmouth Port reports several buyers are in serious negotiations for the property.

But well-known local restaurateur Dave Colombo, owner of the Roadhouse Café on South Street and Colombo's on Main Street in Hyannis, says he's not one of them.

Marietta Bombardieri, owner of Abbicci, closed the restaurant last fall. She placed the restaurant property, which includes a private house, on the market for $1.75 million.

Colombo confirmed that he was considering a purchase of the property, but the slow pace of negotiations led him to pull back.

"We've kind of lost interest," Colombo said. "They're welcome to come back to us."

John Ciluzzi, managing partner at Commercial Realty Advisors in Hyannis, said three parties are in "serious negotiations" for the former Abbicci property.

"It's a pristine location," Ciluzzi said. "It's one of the nicest facilities in southeastern Massachusetts with 100 seats."

Bombardieri, who has nearly 40 years of experience in the restaurant business on the Cape, purchased what then was known as the Cranberry Moose in the late 1980s and turned it into Abbicci. The restaurant's offerings consistently drew praise from food critics.

In 2006, she engaged in a complete renovation of the restaurant to improve its ambiance and seating.

Colombo said both the Roadhouse Café, now in its 28th year of operation, and Colombo's, which opened last year, are doing well.

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