New business spotlight on The Store at Warrensville

Charlie DeSanto has been in the restaurant business for many years and is excited about his latest venture, The Store at Warrensville, a rural eatery he took over earlier this year.

“I’ve been doing it for 29 years,” he said. “I enjoy what I do.”

DeSanto most recently owned and operated DeSanto’s Subs in Montoursville, which served walk-up customers streetside.

But he wanted to have a place where people could sit down.

The Store, located in the heart of the village of Warrensville offers up a spacious dining area, but DeSanto is quick to note that it’s the food that draws his customers.

“I’m known for my subs because they are different from most places,” he said. “My subs have more meat.”

Customers can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Some people come by just to grab a cup of coffee and sit at the counter. Yet others, stop by to pick up a food order, including subs.

We get groups of six to 10 people,” he said. “They know the food is going to be good.”

Since opening, his dinner crowd has been steady.

The breakfast menu includes pancakes, french toast and omelettes. For lunch and dinner, cold subs, cosmos, burgers, and salads are served up.

DeSanto wants his place to be known, not only as a restaurant that means tasty fare, but brings friendly service.

Many familiar faces are frequenting the place, he noted.

“Customers know us. We know them,” restaurant manager Amanda Hakes said.

DeSanto, a big sports fan, has lined the walls of the business with athletic memorabilia, and photos and jerseys of local athletes.

After moving into the restaurant site, DeSanto was faced with the challenge of attracting people to his new business.

He used Facebook, but mostly relies on word-of-mouth to lure customers.

“You bring them good food, they come,” he said.

Hours are Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The phone number is 570-435-5552.