Squadrito Foods closes, Pacific Health to open

— Popcorn plans

Speaking of new ventures on Old Liverpool Road, a fresh popcorn shop plans to open shortly at the old Sandwich Chief location, at 663 Old Liverpool Road. The space had been occupied for about four months — April through July — by Pascarella’s Bakery and Deli.

A good gal gone

As promised, Maria Herzog Saumier put up her dukes and fought like a warrior against the lung cancer that threatened her life. After a year-long battle, the disease finally overpowered her on Aug. 24.

Maria was just 53 years old.

A North Side native who lived in Liverpool for the past 17 years, Maria worked as a waitress for two decades at Gardenview Diner, 650 Old Liverpool Road, where she is sorely missed.

Krueger Funeral Home in Mattydale didn’t have enough parking spaces for all of Maria’s mourners at her wake on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Drivers parked illegally along Route 11, even though the undertakers advised against it.

Maria is survived by her husband, two daughters, three step-children and two grandchildren.

Gull delayed

Forget what I wrote in last week’s column about the Barking Gull opening in September.

Adam Gormel, whose family owns the Gull, the Cobblestone and The Retreat, told me Aug. 29 that the restaurant on the basin block at 116 S. Willow St., won’t be open until later in the fall.

Oh well, the cooler weather will surely make the Gull’s wood-fired pizzas taste even tastier!

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