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Dino’s restaurant moving

A restaurant that’s been serving meals in downtown Red Deer for nearly three decades is on the move.

Dino’s Family Restaurant is closing its longtime business at 4617 Gaetz Ave. and relocating to smaller premises at No. 130, 3121 49th Ave. Manager George Oris said the restaurant has been offering only take-out and delivery service since Nov. 15, and expects to be at its new location on Monday.

Slated to operate there as Dino’s Take-out, it will limit its service to food pick-up and delivery.

Oris said the business’s selection of pizzas and pastas will expand.

A notice on the restaurant’s exterior said owner Mike Dimos and his family regret having to leave the downtown after 29 years.

Oris, who is Dimos’s son-in-law, said the proliferation of bars in the area and the opening of a methadone clinic nearby has hurt business. The lunchtime trade had remained strong, he said, but things slowed in the evenings.

“Too many people don’t want to come after 7 or 8 o’clock at night. It scares them.”

The decision to restrict service at the new location to pick-ups and deliveries was motivated in part by Dimos’s desire to scale back after his many years in the restaurant business.

Oris confirmed that the departure of Dino’s from the downtown has upset some longtime customers.

“Some guys are very sad, because it’s been 28 years.”

Dino’s Take-out will operate from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 2 to 11 p.m. on Sundays. It’s located in a portion of the space once occupied by Video Headquarters, with Locker Room Hair Company and Video View in adjacent bays.

 
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