The original Ledo Restaurant is here to stay after a brief hiatus.
The restaurant, a staple for generations of University of Maryland students, faculty members and staff, was set to close its doors in College Park for good on Sunday after 65 years of severing its square pizzas and Italian dishes. That announcement had been made just days earlier and with little warning.
But in both a sign on the door and in a social media post Saturday, the Marcos family said the restaurant will return under new management in four to seven months.
“A local group has purchased the business and will remain a Ledo,” the sign said.
Tommy Marcos Sr. and Robert L. Beall founded and opened the original Ledo Restaurant in Adelphi in 1955. The original ovens and restaurant moved to College Park in 2010. Tommy Sr.’s son, Tommy Jr., told The Diamondback earlier this year that he was selling the restaurant to retire.
The business split off in 1989 when Marcos Jr. and James Beall started a franchise model to create the Ledo Pizza restaurant chain, mainly in the Mid-Atlantic.
The restaurant will be open in its current form for the last time until 9 p.m. Sunday.
The new ownership group will provide more details on their plans for Ledo’s return in 2021 in the upcoming future.
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