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Obama Field Office Opening in Maria's Roman Room Building

The space has been vacant for a few years; Obama campaign setting up field operations.

The space where diners once enjoyed pizza and pasta at Maria's Roman Room will now be used for cold-calling and coordinating door-to-door efforts for the Barack Obama presidential re-election campaign.

The campaign office — one of only two Obama west-Cleveland outposts — will officially open at 11826 Detroit Avenue next week.

But already, things look quite a bit different.

Dining rooms are now lined with desks, computers and telephones — and organizers said there's more to come.

"We're having the official launch on Sept. 10," Revaz Ardesher, a field organizer for the Obama campaign, told Lakewood Patch last week.

"I've been working out of the Parma office. It has fluorescent lighting and it really seems like an office. So, this is very nice." 

According to LoveLakewood.com, Maria Bastulli operated Maria’s Roman Room for 44 years before selling it in early 2005 to Leonard and Olga Fink. Ownership transferred again in late 2008.

The restaurant closed in 2009, and has been vacant since.

Keith Best September 04, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Bill, do you want 4 more years of unemployment over 8%? More people unemployed then when Obama took office? We're NOT better off than we were 4 years ago.......get a clue. NOBAMA2012!
MZ September 05, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Since the country is by most measures evenly split, I would suggest that you get out of your bubble a little more. Differing viewpoints and healthy debate are good for learning and intellectual growth. I will vote against Obama again, but I find it to be very informative talking with Obama voters about why they support him. Why do you support Obama?
Susan Kaminski September 05, 2012 at 06:36 PM
If they'd get the recipe for the original garlic bread/rolls, they might get a lot of volunteers.
The original Bill September 06, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Well let's see.... When Obama took office we were losing almost 800,000 jobs a month. (including mine) Since I went back to work, and jobs are being created, the answer is yes we are better off.
Enrique Cubarrubia September 10, 2012 at 07:41 PM
To MZ. I am a retired engineer with the following perks set for life for both my wife & myself. Health Care Insurance - Benefit; Social Security check enough to cover our living expenses; Annual pension more than twice of our need; Investment income and 401K we are forced to use for being over 70 years; Mortgage and lien free house since 1995; Of excellent health. Do I need OBAMA HEALTH CARE? NO! but my wife and I are 100% behind the Obama Care. We are both strong supporter of President Obama because he has demeonstrated his LOVE FOR THE CITIZENS OF THE USA and his genuine interest to serve the best interest of the USA. I am an INDEPENDENT. College educated (two masters degrees) I watch FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, C-Span to get the balance viewpoints. Highly objective, I do not believe in smear campaignes. I do check FACTS by going to the Congressional Records and other non-biaised irganization.

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