Hundreds line up to get a fresh cut at 91-year-old's Levittown barber shop
Among those getting back to business cutting hair Wednesday was a 91-year-old barber in Levittown.
Pasquale Palumbo couldn't be happier for the grand reopening of Pat's Barber Shop, a staple in the community for over 50 years. He runs the shop with his daughter Rose and his son Charlie.
Palumbo came to New York from Sicily.
"$20 in his pocket, 70 years ago. He started with nothing,' says Charlie Palumbo. "He put all his blood in this place. He worships the place."
Charlie Palumbo says having to close down three months ago was heartbreaking for the family.
"I was here the night we had to shut down. I locked the door. I had tears in my eyes," he says.
The owners say they had people waiting outside the shop's door since before 6 a.m. on reopening day. Twelve hours later, they were still going strong, and by the end of the day, they saw over 300 clients.
Customers came flowing in, saying they have been in desparate need of a trim. One thing Pat's most loyal customers will say is there is no place like it.
"The barbers are so friendly. It's such a nice place to come to. I've been coming here for years," says Kevin Hoffman.
"My father put his heart and soul and blood into this place, and it means the world to him and he's my hero," says Charlie Palumbo. "What he he built out of nothing is something to be proud of."