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Solari's new owner, Beni Karacica, left, in the dining room with Marco Solari, whose grandfather established the restaurant in 1934. (Photo by Tariq Zehawi of The Record)
Solari's new owner, Beni Karacica, left, in the dining room with Marco Solari, whose grandfather established the restaurant in 1934. (Photo by Tariq Zehawi of The Record)
Posted: Monday January 7, 2013
New Ownership: Solari's, a Hackensack institution, sold after decades of family business
By KATHLEEN LYNN of The Record

After nearly 80 years of family ownership, Solari's — the Hackensack restaurant that has fed generations of Bergen County's judges, lawyers, politicians and businesspeople — has changed hands. Marco Solari, grandson of the founder, has sold the business to two Albanian immigrants.

One of them, 31-year-old Beni Karacica, got his start in the restaurant business as a busboy 11 years ago. As he sat with Solari in the restaurant Friday, awaiting the lunch rush, Karacica said he intends to keep the restaurant's name, staff and menu.

"Solari's is going to stay the same," Karacica said. "Solari's is Solari's."

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