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Business owners behind 'The Levee' and 'Mama Gina's Pizza' are bringing talents downtown

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- Two Albany businesses will be making the move downtown this summer.

The Levee Studios and The Pizza Shop have each confirmed their intentions to open downtown.

Vinny Mannino, the force behind Mama Gina's Italian Restaurant that, until recently, had been a fixture on North Slappey Boulevard, told The Herald Wednesday that he's helping his children open the restaurant downtown at 232 W. Broad Ave., the building adjacent to Cafe 230.

Fran Bragg, Mannino's daughter, and his son, Jack Mannino, are hoping to open the restaurant by the end of the month, she said.

"We're going to have a lot of the same food we had over at the other restaurant here. ... They're all based on recipes from mom and dad," Bragg said.

Bragg said that they will largely cater to the lunch-time crowd, but that there are plans to stay open until 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

"We left a lot of people mad when we closed the doors on the other restaurant, so staying open later on Friday and Saturdays...we're hoping to reach out to the people who have been long-term customers," she said.

The Levee, which specializes in media, marketing and a wide variety of creative and artistic services, has signed a contract to relocate downtown, Downtown Manager Aaron Blair said.