Valley Ranch restaurateur opts to keep business ties local three decades after opening

The Chilean sea bass ($34.99) comes on a bed of risotto with fresh vegetables.u00a0

The Chilean sea bass ($34.99) comes on a bed of risotto with fresh vegetables.u00a0

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Bruno in his restaurant
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Wine options from Bruno's Ristorante
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Linguine ala vongole from Bruno's Ristorante
Restaurateur Bruno Ceka first moved from Albania to Texas to play soccer.

“I was a professional player back in Europe. I played there eight years,” Ceka said. “At the time, the money was not there. … Money was the reason why I switched to the restaurant business.”

Starting in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Ceka opened multiple restaurants in Coppell and Valley Ranch, including Siena Pasta & Pizza, Cafe Portobello and his flagship restaurant, Bruno’s Ristorante.

Since its opening decades ago, Bruno’s Ristorante has expanded its space overlooking one of Valley Ranch’s canals. The menu has also seen an update and now prominently features steaks and seafood.

“At the beginning, it was typical Italian restaurant,” Ceka said. “Now it’s [an] Italian restaurant plus seafood and steaks. ... We kind of became a more upscale restaurant.”

He listed off some of the recent menu additions, such as filet mignon, veal chop and rib-eye steak.

Seeking to spend more time with his family, Ceka sold off all of his other business interests, save for Bruno’s.

“I have two grandkids, so I want to spend some more time with them,” Ceka said. “That was the reason I … sold the restaurants, sold both shopping centers and just kept Bruno’s.”

Now celebrating his 30th business anniversary, Ceka has seen how the community surrounding his restaurant has grown over the years. That includes the growth around the Dallas Cowboys headquarters in Valley Ranch and the football team’s subsequent relocation to The Star in Frisco.

Ceka said he had been approached to open a restaurant at The Star, but he preferred to keep his business in Valley Ranch.

When Ceka is not at the restaurant or spending time with family, he is working with other Albanian community members and business owners in the North Texas area.

His work as president of the Albanian American Cultural Center of Texas includes sustaining the Albanian community’s language school as well as helping the other restaurant owners run successful businesses.

Bruno's Ristorante
9462 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving
972-556-2465
www.brunosristorante.com
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 5-10 p.m., closed Sun.
By Gavin Pugh
Gavin has reported for Community Impact Newspaper since June 2017. His beat has included Dallas Area Rapid Transit, public and higher education, school and municipal governments and more. He now serves as the editor of the Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake edition.


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