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Restaurateur hones craft at diner

NEW BERLIN — A veteran restaurateur is banking that the location of his new New Berlin eatery is a busy one.

Gazzi Rushiti, an Albanian-American and second generation restaurant owner, has opened Double Crown Restaurant and Bar at Old Route 54 and Waverly Road in the former location of the bars Harbor Lights and The Still.


“I fell in love with the location when I saw it,” Rushiti said. “I saw potential for a restaurant.”

Double Crown has a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu.

Pancakes, omelets, skillets and waffles are among the breakfast fare, while lunch items include gyros, horseshoes, Reubens and several different burgers.

Daily lunch specials include meatloaf and a variety of soups. “Each day we will make a different soup,” Rushiti said.

Dinner entrees include steaks, pasta, stir fry and fried chicken.

Rushiti said he spends most of his time in the kitchen helping other cooks.

“I concentrate on pastas for dinner,” he said. “I like cooking Italian dishes.”

Double Crown also features a full-service bar.

Rushiti has worked in or owned restaurants for more than half of his 33 years.

“My father started in the restaurant business in 1979 in Janesville, Wisconsin,” he said. “He had a couple of places in Janesville and Monroe, Wisconsin, and I started working for him when I was 15 at a restaurant in Maryville, Illinois.”

When he was 17, Rushiti opened his own restaurant in Greenville.

“The restaurant business is all I know,” he said. “I love meeting different people every day and being close to my loved ones.”

Rushiti and his wife, Luleta, and their four children —Ariana, 12, Valentino, 9, Odesa, 7, and Dominick, 5 — live in Petersburg.

Double Crown restaurant is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day, and the bar is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

By Greg Olson

golson@myjournalcourier.com

Greg Olson can be reached at 217-245-6121, ext. 1224, or on Twitter @JCNews_Greg.

Greg Olson can be reached at 217-245-6121, ext. 1224, or on Twitter @JCNews_Greg.

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