Also: Tomoka Brewery closes
My Cousin Vinny’s Pizza and Pasta has opened at 1930 West Granada, Blvd Suite 5, in Tymber Creeek Plaza, the former location of Little Italy Pizza and Pasta, which closed.
Mario Younes, who owns the restaurant along with Eddie Salami, operated the My Cousin Vinny’s restaurant on Beach Street for 10 years.
“I love cooking and I love people,” he said.
He has heard from customers from the old Beach Street location, calling and asking when they can eat, he said.
Younes said he likes to talk and laugh with his customers and make sure they have a good time.
“I treat them like family and give them the service they deserve,” he said.
Younes has been in the restaurant business his whole life, as well as his chef, Jerry Bush, who has 50 years of experience.
Bush retired 10 years ago, but had told Younis that if he ever opened a restaurant again, he’d come back as chef. Bush, 73, often rides his bicycle to work, about 5 miles.
The restaurant offers catering and has a complete menu of Italian cuisine.
Find them on Facebook or call 386-265-1778.
Tomoka Brewery closes
Tomoka Brewery, 188 E. Granada Blvd., served up their last beer and pizza Nov. 24. The business has stopped operation after six and a half years.
“It was a good run,” said Pete Szunyogh who owned the shop along with wife, Jen Hawkins. “I appreciate the love and support over the years. I’ll miss the fun and have good memories.”
In 2014, they expanded by opening a Tomoka Brewing in Port Orange along with partners where they had capacity to brew beer not available at the Ormond Beach location. It’s unclear why they recently sold their interest in Port Orange, but without the connection, do not have brewing capabilities in Ormond Beach.
Tomoka Brewery was one of the first in Volusia County. Szunyogh said they plan to take some time off and enjoy the holidays before deciding on their next step.
Young entrepreneur heads to nationals
Stetson University junior Bryson Pritchard, of Ormond Beach, won first place in a recent student entrepreneur pitch competition hosted by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. This is the fifth first-place win for Pritchard, who was featured in the Observer last March.
As a result of the win, Pritchard will head to Silicon Valley in February for the national championship as he pitches his idea, a medical device to help mitigate bloodstream infection rates. Pritchard has won $34,500 in entrepreneur competitions and is using his winnings to pay for patents, legal fees and product development.
Tomoka Eye helps clinic
The Tomoka Eye Foundation has donated ocular exam equipment valued at over $5,000 to the Jesus Clinic in Daytona Beach.
“The doctors were using eye exam equipment from 1973 so we were very much in need of an update,” said Jesus Clinic Medical Director Dr. Bill Gilmer.
The Jesus Clinic, 1630 Mason Ave., Unit A, opened in 2005 and most patients are ‘working poor’ with no medical insurance, a press release stated. Medical professionals volunteer at the clinic, including Dr. Joseph France, the founder of Tomoka Eye Associates, who volunteered for 10 years.
Call the clinic at 386-259-6359.