Lucci’s Café, 101 S. State Street, opened Oct. 7.
The new restaurant is located in the Rodeway Inn and can be seen from Hwy. 69 by passersby.
“We serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day,” Donny Veliu, host at the restaurant said. ” We have omelets, skillets, hand-breaded pork tenderloin, hand-breaded country fried steak, burgers, fries, fish, steaks, and much more!”
The hours currently are 7 AM-3 PM Monday-Wednesday. 7 AM-9 PM Thursday-Saturday. 7 AM-3 PM on Sunday.
It is a family business owned by Nazmije “Naz” Veliu, with three of her sons also working there.
Krujan Veliu is the manager, Adem Veliu is the cook and Donny Veliu is the host.
The restaurant is named after Naz.
“I am known as Lucci, which means aunt in Albanian,” she said.
Naz came with her family from Albania, a European country on the Mediterrean Sea, in 1977.
“Our grandfather, Ben Balazi, paved the way for us to live here in America,” Donny said. “He died one-and-one-half months ago.”
“We love this country,” he said.
Ben Balazi started a restaurant in Springfield, MO.
Naz Veliu’s brother owns the Farmhouse Cafe in Pittsburg.
Another brother owns a restaurant in Cassville, MO.
“We were raised in the restaurant business,” Naz said. “We all love it. We’ve tried other stuff and we always go back to it.”
Naz has been looking around the area for a restaurant to begin their new restaurant business.
“We heard Fort Scott was in need of another restaurant,” Donny said. “We fell in love with Fort Scott as soon as we came to see the restaurant. The people of Fort Scott are great! We’ve received such a warm welcome and we can’t thank them enough!”
The restaurant is in the Rodeway Inn, owned by Sam Bhakta.
“They (the Bhakta family) have been wonderful, helpful and caring”, Naz said.
The hours for the restaurant will change when the family relocates to Fort Scott from Pittsburg, Naz said.
The phone number of the business: 620-644-3490.
The menu is viewed below: