History of Morelli's Family Retsaurant
Morelli's Family Restaurant was built in 1978 and opened under different owners as Cindy's Ole-Time Hambugers. Later, it became Starlite Fast Food.
The Morelli family purchased the building in June of 1984, and by August had opened "Burger Shack." It was a fast food restaurant known for its hot dogs, hamburgers, and soft serve ice cream. There was even a drive-thru window for takeout and ice cream products. At the time, Burger Shack was the only place in the Brockway area that would deliver pizza and food. Darren Morelli was the delivery boy.
A liquor license was purchased in 1986. In order to obtain the license, the drive thru had to be closed.
Bill Symonds, who had been a chef his whole life, was hired as the cook in 1989. He soon began having a daily special or two each day in addition to Burger SHack's fast food menu.
In 1992, the restaurant changed into a sit-down family dining style restaurant thanks to Bill's suggestions. It was at that time the name changed to Morelli's Family Restaurant. The new menu has more home cooked meals with weekly specials as well as a daily soup and sandwich special. The soft serve ice cream was replaced by hand dipped ice cream and freshly baked fruit and cream pies were added to the dessert menu.
Bill worked until just before his death March 23, 2009. Many of his homemade recipes, like his lasagna and chili, are still used today.