Chef's to Launch Food Truck

September 10, 2013 Updated Sep 10, 2013 at 10:11 AM EDT

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September 10, 2013 Updated Sep 10, 2013 at 10:11 AM EDT

As Chef's Italian Restaurant celebrates its 90th anniversary, it's taking a very modern approach to business

The restaurant, which is known for its red and white checkered table cloths and authentic flavor, is taking the hometown flare on the road. Lou Billittier, who runs the restaurant with his sister Mary Beth, says Chef's plans to start a food truck, hopefully by late fall before the holidays. He says they are getting a custom built truck made. Billittier says Chef's lunch business has been impacted by food trucks so his approach is, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." About three years ago, the siblings embarked on a major renovation project at Chef's, which included the addition of a takeout window. That has boosted biz 15%. Chef's is planning the "world's largest pasta dinner," on Wednesday evening, September 11, for its 90th anniversary. $10 tickets benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

You can read more in this week's Business First.

After dinner at Chef's on Wednesday, you can have lunch at the Adam's Mark on Thursday. That's when Business First will host the annual HR Leadership awards, recognizing leaders in the human resources industry. It begins at 11:30am. For more information, call 541-1631 or go to http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/event/81521

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