The History of Lombardo’s
The Company’s Roots in East Boston
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 a function facility began when East Boston residents started requesting that an empty hall (the Boston Suite), be made available to host functions. The result was the opening of Lombardo’s Function Hall in East Boston in 1963 by Paul and Sal Lombardo (sons of Nina and Vincent).
The Lombardo’s successful approach of providing fine food, drinks and service to all of its guests lead to an increase in demand. The result was an expansion of the company with the addition of the East Suite, which offered a more luxurious atmosphere with its ornate tapestries and magnificent chandeliers. This offered an upscale, elegant location for hosting weddings, showers and anniversary parties. By 1970, Lombardo’s saw an increase in requests for more rooms to accommodate smaller groups for business meetings and luncheons, which resulted in the additions of the West and North Suites, allowing the company to begin catering to the business community.
The Expansion into Randolph
In 1983, the Lombardo’s purchased the Chateau de Ville in Randolph, which was attached to a nightclub called “The Sanctuary.” They spent the next two years remodeling the four main function rooms and renamed the facilities Lombardo’s South and Vincent’s Nightclub. In July 2000, the Lombardo family closed the East Boston location, focusing their efforts solely upon managing the facility in Randolph.
Historically, Lombardo’s has received attention for its complete function and wedding packages, which include both a band and a DJ. This aspect of the company has remained a unique feature of Lombardo’s since its inception. While business has expanded over time, the company is still a family business.
Sal Lombardo functioned as the Chairman of the Board until his passing on November 15, 2008, while his four children run the daily operations. Vincent Lombardo is the Chief Executive Officer, Dennis Lombardo is the Chief Financial Officer, Paula Lombardo-Colia is the Chief Administrative Officer and Nina Barros (Lombardo) is an owner in the company.
Lombardo’s celebrates their 50th Anniversary in 2013. Read about their story here