A pizza local history – iconic Kilkenny restaurant Uncle Sam’s closes after 35 years
TODAY marks the end of an era as the iconic Uncle Sam’s fast food restaurant and pizzeria in Kilkenny city-centre closes its doors for the last time after 35 years in business.
The restaurant’s owner, Rossi Gismondi, has run the business with his wife for the past 20 years. His brother-in-law oversaw the business for the previous 16 years.
Speaking to KilkennyNow.ie this weekend, Rossi confirmed tonight would be Uncle Sam’s last.
Rossi said two decades of late nights had taken its toll on their health, and that while he’ll miss the place now is the right time to call it a day.
“Sunday is the last night. I’m glad to get out of it – that’s what I want to do. Me and my wife have worked too many late nights, and our health is not 100%. There comes a time when you have to call it a day. We opened 35 years ago, my brother in law used to own it, but anyway that’s all it is, we just had enough and it’s time to step back,” he told KilkennyNow.ie.
Rossi hinted that the premises’ new owners may open a new restaurant on the city-centre site.
He thanked all of Uncle Sam’s customers for the support they have given to his business over the past four decades.