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A Big Italian Family (Except They’re Not Italian)

Food and fashion unite in the lives of the Bireleys.
Now you can join them at the Osceola Bistro.

Marti and Rich on their wedding day, June 14, 1958, in Washington D.C

Marti and Rich on their wedding day, June 14, 1958, in Washington D.C

Could a location be destined for one purpose? Food, say?

The next time you venture downtown, take a look across 13th Avenue from the Main Post Office to the Osceola Bistro. Back in the 1950s, those same four walls housed an A&P; today the Bistro is owned by Vero Beach native Chris Bireley, right on the spot where his family used to shop for their groceries.

“Food has always been a big part of our life,” says Chris’s older brother Martin. Martin runs the Beach Shop, the second oldest retail store on Ocean Drive, which his parents Rich and Marti Bireley took over from Jackie Zorn in 1966.

Read the entire article in the November 2013 issue