If you are a local then you know about Del Porto Ristorante in downtown Covington. The owners, Torre and David Salazzo, serve delicious Italian cuisine at the local restaurant. The Salazzos want to open a second restaurant that will have a broader selection of food and flavor with a laid back neighborhood vibe. Greyhound will be located just down the street from Del Porto Ristorante and will be a gastropub.

Del Porto Ristorante opened its doors to Covington in 2002. The Solazzos opened the restaurant in a smaller location than it currently resides. The original had just 10 tables which served “a fresh, seasonal take on regional Italian cuisine, and an alternative to the more prevalent local standard of Creole Italian.” In 2007, Del Porto moved to its larger location and then grew again taking over the adjacent storefront.

Although the new restaurant will be casual with a laid back atmosphere, it will be a cut above traditional tavern-style. There will be a wood-burning oven for pizza along with other fanfares such as burgers, tapas-style dishes, German sausages, fried chicken, Reuben sandwiches, matzo ball soup and beef short ribs just to name a few. Inspiration for the unique menu will come from the “family meals” that are made for the staff at Del Porto. The bar will offer bottled and canned beers with some offered on tap.

“It just opens up a lot of possibilities for us,” Solazzo said. “It won’t be a huge menu, but we keep on putting down all the food we like to eat, so it’s been growing.”

The Greyhound, named after the Greyhound bus station that once resided at 705 E. Boston St., plans to begin serving lunch and dinner in May 2020. Work on the building has begun and will include configuring the restaurant into a main bar and a separate pizza bar.

“In the years we’ve been here, we’ve seen a lot of young people growing up, we think there’s a need for a place like this that’s more casual,” she said. “We want to stay in our little downtown area and bring something new here.”

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