Longtime residents at home running Sunny Street Cafe
For Rinzy and Kim Nocero, there's no place like home.
The Noceros, residents of Grove City for 31 years, are the owners and operators of the Sunny Street Cafe, located at 2788 London-Groveport Road, having officially taken over on Jan. 4.
"We specialize in breakfast and lunch and catering," Rinzy Nocero said. "What we're trying to do is create a restaurant that feels owned by the community of Grove City."
Hours of operation at Sunny Street are 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday, but groups of 25 or more can reserve space in the afternoon and evening for dinners, meetings and other functions at no charge.
"Our goal is not to meet the customers' expectations but exceed them," Mr. Nocero said.
Mr. Nocero brings more than 40 years of experience in the restaurant business. He began his career in 1972 as a grill cook for Bob Evans, and by the time he left the company, he had worked his way up to senior vice president of operations.
He became COO of Frisch's before retiring last September. At the time, he thought his job was done because he was worn out by all the travel, routinely traveling to different states to open new restaurants.
"But I found out retirement isn't always what it's cracked up to be," he said.
When the opportunity came along buy the Sunny Street Cafe in Grove City from a neighbor, the Noceros jumped on it.
"I liked the idea he'd be here," Mrs. Nocero said. "We thought this would be a great opportunity to give back to the community and serve a great meal."
Mr. Nocero said he and his wife have a good system in place.
"She takes care of all the bookkeeping," he said. "She's the personality. I'm the operator."
Mrs. Nocero, who is the music teacher at Our Lady of Perpetual Help and sings at weddings and funerals, said she's always enjoyed being around people and making them feeling comfortable.
"I've entertained with music," she said. "Now, we entertain with the restaurant."
Mr. Nocero said he saw a chance to get back to his industry roots.
"The greatest satisfaction I've had in the industry is being a manager," he said. "It's like be a conductor in an orchestra. ... There's never a routine day. It's hard to get bored."
The Noceros said it's their goal to provide great service and make customers feel like family.
"The restaurant industry has been good to us," he said. "Now, it's time for us to run our restaurant and give back to the community we love."