Cafe Troia to close after 35 years in Towson; Banditos will take over space

Another restaurant door opens where one shuts. This Saturday, Cafe Troia, which first opened in Towson 35 years ago, will serve its final Bolognese. Banditos, a local Mexican chain, will open a shop at 31 Allegheny Avenue in late spring, serving tacos and beverages.

Lisa Troia Martin, the owner of Cafe Troia, said she and her mother, Carol Troia, made the decision to sell the building and close the restaurant.

Martin explained, “My parents founded Cafe Troia in 1986.” The restaurant’s first site was across the street, and it moved to its current location in 2008. “Banditos saw the value of our presence in Towson… They offered us an offer, which we accepted.” The transaction is expected to close in October.

Customers have already hurried to book tables for the restaurant’s final meal, which will take place this weekend.

“We were quite lucky to have such a wonderful clientele,” she remarked. “For 35 years, we’ve had fantastic folks as regulars.”

Themed evenings with wine and food specialities based on a specific region of Italy were among the highlights over the years. In the kitchen, Martin’s grandmother, who was born in Naples, oversaw the preparation of classic Italian soups and other foods.

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