It was sad to learn that Gavi's Restaurant is closing so Dave and Mary Gromelski can devote their energies to their burgeoning catering business. But it makes sense when you hear them tell it. Everyone who knows them will remark on the fine hospitality they serve up and comment on how both are very hands-on managers, greeting guests and seeing to every aspect of the dining experience. Over the years they've also operated the food service at Andrews School, Lake Farmpark and done a lot of catering for weddings and fundraisers, fine tuning their efforts in that direction. Seven years ago when they became parents of daughter Sara one had to wonder how they would manage. Mary's mom came to live with them and has always spoken Italian to Sara, resulting in the girl being totally bilingual. A few years ago the Gromelskis opened Sara's in Gates Mills, naming it after their daughter and soon acquiring a whole new group of fans for their food.
But ther missed working together and in figuring out how to remedy that they decided to use Gavi's as a venue for parties and events and puit its kitechn at the center of the catering operation. It makes good sense from both a business and personal perspective.
I'm sure the restaurant will be packed with well wishers in the few weeks left before it closes.