The power of persuasion and 3-pound pies: Lupoli lends muscle to city’s revitalization

According to a news report from, “In the conference room of his spacious offices overlooking the Merrimack River, the restaurateur and real estate developer sits on the edge of a filing cabinet. His feet are twitching and hands are in motion as he talks loudly and at length about the projects that have consumed him since he came to Lawrence five years ago.”

“When I started here in 2003, there were just 35 companies and 600 employees,” he says about the Riverwalk Mills complex he owns. “Now, there are 200 companies and 2,000 employees.” His cell phone chirps, for the 10th time in less than half an hour, and he pulls it from the belt holster and checks the caller ID,” said the story. “Some days, this thing never stops,” he says, turning off the phone but not missing a beat before pointing to a photo display of before-and-after images of the 2 million-square-foot, 35-acre complex. Before, it was rundown buildings with broken windows and collapsed roofs. Homeless encampments were set up in some; others were filled with rusted mill equipment, unused for decades.”

“After, it is gleaming offices with sand-blasted brick walls, tall windows, modern lighting and soaring ceilings — not to mention an Italian restaurant with a big deck overlooking the river. Lupoli, just 41, has been an entrepreneur for 20 years. In that time he has built multiple restaurants, as well a real estate empire based largely in the Lawrence mills. His work in the Immigrant City has made him a key player in its revitalization,” according to the article. “Today is he CEO of Lupoli Companies, the parent company of Sal’s Pizza, Mary’s Pasta and Sandwiches, Salvatore’s Restaurant and Riverwalk.”

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