Without fail, being greeted at the counter at Abe’s Deli is a good and friendly experience. When you come face to face with this guy…it’s a positively sunny one.
Name: Renato Luongo
Job, position, title: Manager (Extraordinaire) of Abe’s Deli which can be found on N. Washington Ave. in Downtown Scranton
In what city were you born?
What is your birth month and why?
“December. Maybe, to be closer to Jesus. My birthday is the 23rd. My name in Italian means ‘reborn’.”
What is something interesting/fun about your family history?
“I’m first generation from Guardi Lombardi Italy.”
What is something you’ve learned and had fun learning it?
“The restaurant business. The owner who taught me, Jerry, became not only a boss but also more of a father and shoulder for me. Someone who was behind me in all things. I feel he taught me more as a son.”
What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
“Stay home and hang out with my wife and son.”
What keeps you up at night?
“Thoughts about making sure my family is ok and covered, taken care of. Concerns about my family.”
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “beautiful”?
“My wife.” (He said with absolutely no hesitation)
What is your special gift?
If there were one thing you could tell the entire world, what would it be?
“Don’t sweat the small things.”
What is your passion in life?
“Cars. Since I was a kid, I’ve loved cars. All kinds of cars. I’ve owned a couple of really neat ones. I get tons of magazines on cars at the house.”
What do you do to facilitate that passion every day?
“I read up on them a lot.”
One question you would ask the next person with whom I speak?
“What did they find is the hardest thing in life to do?”
To get a taste of Abe’s Deli, visit them at:
326 N Washington Ave, Scranton, PA 18503