It’s the end of an era for a banquet facility that has been in business for more than five decades.
The Villa Capri in Wallingford is set to close its doors in July.
The business has been catering to celebrities and locals alike since 1960, and the heart and soul of the facility is the Mesite family.
"This is part of us. Our feet are planted in this building,” said Ralph Mesite, one of the owners of the Villa Capri.
Over the years, the business located on Route 5 in Wallingford has hosted thousands of events, from weddings to sweet 16s.
Their secret to long-term success is “Making people feel that they are important and putting our full 110 percent on their event."
The decision to close was not an easy one, but one primarily made so the family can spend more time with each other.
"A lot of hard work, a lot of good times, and a lot of sad times because we had to give up a lot in our lives because we worked all the time,” said Gina Mesite Muller, one of the owners of the Villa Capri.
The family said they will now focus on the four Sonic franchises they own.
Meanwhile, there are talks that a Cumberland Farms will replace the community staple, but nothing can replace the memories made by the family and those they served at Villa Capri over the last 56 years.
"It won't be the best day but it's a new chapter in our lives,” Ralph Mesite said.
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