While other mom-and-pop businesses are folding faster than you can say “mozzarella balls,” one local family-owned grocery store is living high on the hog – and even expanding after 40 years in the food industry.
The owners of Silver Star, 3838 Nostrand Avenue, invited the whole neighborhood to party hearty and help salute its 40th anniversary – plus grand re-opening – with a program of celebration, featuring entertainment, raffles and, of course, free food, with Brooklyn Cyclones’ mascot Sandy the Seagull providing the mirth and merriment.
Boar’s Head, Entenmann’s and Snapple gave away complimentary food and drink, plus t-shirts, Frisbees and other treats for the kids.
As local legends go, the Silver Star story sparkles on its own merit. Owner Dominic Basile, whose sons Pat and Paul now run the business, began working for a local grocery store on Nostrand Avenue at the age of 12.
Three years later, the owner of Silver Star was looking to retire and sell his business when young Dominic coaxed his parents into loaning him the money – all at the age the ripe old age of 15.
“It‘s not so much the quality of their food, which is very good, but it’s the way the people treat you there. They’re like long-time friends to their shoppers,” said Erica Sherman, whose family have been patronizing the store with the distinctive red canopy for more than 30 years.