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Meet the Lombardo Family of Lombardo’s in Randolph

Today we’d like to introduce you to David and Francesca Lombardo.

The Lombardo family had previously been in the retail food industry, operating Liberty Supermarkets in the East Boston area. However, the concept of Lombardo’s as an event business began when the supermarket associates started requesting that an empty bowling alley, owned by the family, be made available to host events. The result was the opening of Lombardo’s Function Hall in East Boston in 1963. They expanded to two facilities in 1983 with the purchase of their sole property today in Randolph. Lombardo’s is a family owned and operated business, currently in its 4th generation. The venue hosts weddings, corporate and social events and is home to an extensive culinary and event planning team.

Has it been a smooth road?
With any business, especially family businesses, there will always be some bumps in the road. When Lombardo’s transitioned from the second generation to the third generation of ownership, our grandfather Sal ended up buying his brother’s share of the business. This allowed the business to grow and succeed to now four generations of ownership. Another obstacle in our industry is keeping up with the changing trends and technologies. We keep this as a constant focus each day to bring the best services to our clients.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Lombardo’s story. Tell us more about the business.
Lombardo’s is unique in the event’s industry because we have been in business for over 54 years. We are known for our customer service and exceptional food over these years. We specialize in hospitality, no matter what type of event it is we are hosting. We are most proud of being a family-owned business, and treating our staff and customers like family.

We are unique in that there is always at least one family member on site, which gives us the ability to work closely and directly with our customers. We rarely say the word “no” and we pride ourselves on finding a way to make each customer’s vision come to life. What sets us apart from others is that we do not just sell you one of our event spaces. You have a dedicated event planner who will help you plan your event, from food to decor to entertainment. We are diligent in ensuring your event runs smoothly, and this includes planning every aspect beyond food and beverage.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
We see the industry continuing to thrive with interactive food and beverage stations. Getting your guests involved and engaged in what is being served to them is important. The world is at your fingertips, so bringing interaction into the event allows that experience to linger even after the guests leave. We focus a lot of energy on making things visually appealing because anything is just a snap, tweet or Instagram away! People are constantly sharing their experiences so we want to give them some content!

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Person & Killian, Erica Ferrone Photography, The Wedding Story, Dias Photography, Lea St Germain Photography, Black Thumb Studio

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