Trish and Sam Parlopiano Sr. and their sons Sam Jr. and Mario — the team behind popular North Scranton staple Samario’s — are set to stake their claim in downtown Scranton with a new restaurant they hope to open by early- to mid-December.
The Salad Shop will be open Mondays through Saturdays (and closed Sundays) at 316 Penn Ave., where there will be room
for 25 to 30 people to dine in or get take-out. The business will offer a choice of types of lettuce plus more than 50 toppings for salads as well as lettuce wraps and homemade soups once it opens. Salads will be build-your-own, though the shop will also have multiple signature combinations.
“Salad businesses are major growing companies in the United States,” said Sam Parlopiano Jr. “A lot of people, especially the millenials, like to eat healthy, and after visiting the big cities and seeing some of these places — and the crowds going into them — we decided to give it a shot.”
The family’s West Market Street restaurant and pizzeria, long known for its hearty Italian dinners plus hoagies and more, will continue to operate with Sam Parlopiano Jr. in the kitchen as chef in the evenings, though he and his parents and brother will bounce between the two eateries to manage both businesses, he added.
“The new generation eats differently, and we noticed there wasn’t anything (like this) in the Scranton area,” he said. “Downtown has the universities with younger kids, and also, with all the business (there), we thought it would be a great location.”
For updates, visit The Salad Shop’s Facebook page.
Patrice Wilding is a 13-year employee of the Lifestyles Dept. at The Times-Tribune, where she worked her way up from a clerk to a web video producer to a full-time reporter, writer and copy editor. An Olyphant native, she graduated from Mid Valley Secondary Center and earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with concentration in media arts, political science and communications from Wesley College, Dover, Delaware. She lives in Clarks Summit with her husband, Justin, and their son, Johnny. Contact: email@example.com; 570-348-9100 x5369; @pwildingTT