Who are you and what have you done with Aldo?

After many, many months of discussing, brainstorming, drinking wine, worrying, soul-searching, panicking, drinking more wine, and finally, filling out more paperwork than any of us had ever imagined, my wife A.J. and I became partners with Aldo. The deal was contingent on two things: first, that Aldo would stay committed to the business well into the future, and second, that he'd take off at least one day a week.

Needless to say, joining a local icon in an iconic local business is not for the faint of heart. The initial reactions ranged from shocked, to welcoming, to skeptical. More than one regular told us there were bets on how long we would last. The fact is, Aldo chose the two of us as his partners, and we've made some major sacrifices to make this happen. Our only goal was—and still is—to ensure that this special place and all of its special products are around for many years to come.

The understandable concern seems to be that we're going to change things. That we will do something to make Aldo's lose what makes it uniquely Aldo's. Over time, I hope you'll all see that we want the same thing you do. It's the same thing that Aldo wants: to keep Aldo's, Aldo's.