A New Era
Lucy Hergan has been the incredible leader of this amazing company for 20 years. Everyone that knows us knows her story. A nurse in her “first life,” Lucy opened Balzano’s Italian Kitchen on the corner of East and Main Streets in downtown Bloomsburg in 1998. Alongside her now famous dad, “Mr. B.” she started with pizza, added dinners, and became a booming hotspot while building a family in addition to her own. She brought in talented chefs and passionate staff who wanted to build, work, and be a part of what Lucy was creating.
In 2007, Lucy moved half of her business into Rolling Pines, and with a bigger and equally dedicated staff, successfully built a catering business that would become the future of her vision. In 2012, she opened another version of Balzano’s (a 2.0 at 112 East Main) and worked triple time making Balzano’s a staple.
After two and a half years of running three locations, and losing her dad to a battle with cancer, Lucy decided to shift down and back toward family, stepping away from the daily restaurant completely. She focused on the newly created “Lucy’s Catering” while welcoming six grandchildren with her husband, Andy, who joined retirement in 2015.
Now Lucy is ready to take another step toward her hard-earned years as a Nonna and amazing mother and mother-in-law.
Throughout those 20 years of business, Lucy assembled a staff of incredible people who helped to grow and mold the business to its current face, and helped her create what is now a family of past and present influences and support unlike any other in our area: the Family of Balzano’s and Lucy’s.
For well over a decade Toni-Ann Yates and Gloria Bailey have worked with Lucy, both in the restaurants and the catering, to maintain and grow the reputation, spirit, heart, and soul of her legacy. Now, as Lucy prepares to enjoy a “semi” retired life (we are making sure she stays as busy with this business as she wants to be) the two women who have been with her these long years have decided to take the challenge of filling those shoes.
October will mark the end of Lucy’s ownership of the beloved Lucy’s Kitchen and Catering, and the beginning of Toni-Ann and Gloria’s dedication to making every aspect of this business a tribute: to Lucy, Mr. B, and all of our Family we have acquired along the way. Fresh and exciting changes will come our way, and traditions will remain. Recipes will be authentic, and faces will stay the same. Newness will ignite the business’s future, while the heart will forever be in Lucy’s, what she made, what she gave, and what she loves.
No sappy goodbyes are needed. Lucy will be with us as we take the ropes and hang on tight! We aren’t letting her go that easy, but we know her beautiful, growing family, wants her as much as we do! She will be able to enjoy the benefits of watching both them and her business grow into new hands.