Back in the beginning of the year, Welcome2TheBronx broke the news that Yolanda’s Italian Restaurant, which has been serving the Melrose community for 59 years on 149th Street, would close and be replaced with an 8 story residential building with 123 units.
Well the day is almost here when the famed restaurant will temporarily close its doors.
Next weekend on July 27th, the restaurant will close its doors to make way for the new building but fret not as they will return once construction is complete in a couple of years.
According to an interview with News12 The Bronx, the owner said they will come back, “…in our same location just looking a little different, a little more modern and complimenting the neighborhood, that’s our dream.”
Yolanda’s restaurant is one of the last remnants of when the neighborhood was settled by Italian immigrants, mostly from the island of Ponza off the coast of Italy.
The fact that they’re still around long after the vast majority of the Italian community left the Melrose and the South Bronx is a testament to just how good their food is.
We’re looking forward to them reopening in the near future.
Watch the newsclip below: