Tre Nonne closes; Que Viva will open a Latin restaurant in its place

Italian restaurant Tre Nonne has closed for good and sold its business to the owners of food truck Que Viva Latin Street Grill.

Tre Nonne has been in business since 2016 at 177 Jonestown Road in the Summit Station Shopping Center. It was started by three Italian-Americans from Brooklyn: Tony and Alice Maresca, who are husband and wife, and Debby Maresca, Tony’s sister.

Tony Maresca said family health issues were the main reason for selling the restaurant. “It was a good trip,” he said. “But we have many health problems in the family. It makes it impossible to have a full-time restaurant.”

In a Facebook post, the owners thanked all their customers and staff. “We have been privileged over the past seven years to have met and befriended all of you, to the point where we all consider you part of our extended family. We have so many great memories here that it is very difficult to say goodbye and , from the bottom of our hearts, thank you all for your continued support and understanding.”

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The owners of Que Viva plan to transform the Italian restaurant into a fast-casual Latin restaurant with their popular empanadas, arepas and more.

Husband and wife Erick and Jessica Balseca started Que Viva in 2019 with Erick’s parents, Bolivar and Patricia Balseca. Erick and Jessica grew up in North Carolina, but their truck was inspired by the Colombian and Ecuadorian heritage of Erick’s father and mother, respectively. And they were also inspired by other Latin American countries.

Erick Balseca said the new restaurant will also be called Que Viva Latin Street Grill. “To begin with we will have all the basic categories in the truck: arepas, empanadas, jibaritos (banana sandwiches) and rice bowls and fries,” he said. “But we will expand them even more. Right now we have Argentinian and Colombian empanadas, but every country in South America has its own version. So instead of two empanadas, we could have five.”

The restaurant will initially open for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Sunday, he said.

It will serve beer and mixed drinks. Customers will order at the counter; The staff will deliver the food to the tables.

Erick said his parents will remain involved with the business. “They are still the main inspiration behind all the great flavors. We use their recipes,” he said.

The family is currently giving the space a thorough cleaning and redecoration. The kitchen needed some minor modifications to accommodate Que Viva’s menu. The dining room has a new look to fit the Latin American theme. “We are brightening it up, with more colors,” said Balseca. “We want it to look like a street in a South American city.”

He said the family plans to keep the food truck, but its use will likely be limited to large festivals and catering events.

Balseca said he hopes to open the restaurant by the third week of April.

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