Comfort food made from scratch!
Opened October 2019!
Sister restaurant to the Farmhouse Cafe of Pittsburg.
- - -
The new restaurant is located in the Rodeway Inn and can be seen from Hwy. 69 by passersby.
Lucci’s Cafe, with Hwy. 69 on the east side of the restaurant.
“We serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day,” Donny Veliu, host at the restaurant said. ” We have omelets, skillets, hand-breaded pork tenderloin, hand-breaded country fried steak, burgers, fries, fish, steaks, and much more!”
The hours currently are 7 AM-3 PM Monday-Wednesday. 7 AM-9 PM Wednesday-Saturday. 7 AM-3 PM on Sunday.
It is a family business owned by Nazmije “Naz” Veliu, with three of her sons also working there.
Krujan Veliu is the manager, Adem Veliu is the cook and Donny Veliu is the host.
The restaurant is named after Naz.
“I am known as Lucci, which means aunt in Albanian,” she said.
Naz came with her family from Albania, a European country on the Mediterrean Sea, in 1977.
“Our grandfather, Ben Balazi, paved the way for us to live here in America,” Donny said. “He died one-and-one-half months ago.”
“We love this country,” he said.
Ben Balazi started a restaurant in Springfield, MO.
Naz Veliu’s brother owns the Farmhouse Cafe in Pittsburg.
Another brother owns a restaurant in Cassville, MO.
“We were raised in the restaurant business,” Naz said. “We all love it. We’ve tried other stuff and we always go back to it.”
Naz has been looking around the area for a restaurant to begin their new restaurant business.