The town coordinates Ma Duke’s efforts with those of Supino’s Restaurant on Route 1, which also steps up to cook free meals for the needy.
Marticio said the community came forward with enough donations to allow her to get the town to turn the power on Tuesday. She had owed about $6,300.
“It was a great feeling when I heard everything start up,” Marticio said.
Marticio has since taken steps to trim her light bills, such as unplugging a freezer and an extra Pepsi display case, and shutting down the pizza oven when it’s not in use. She also plans to change the menu when she reopens, offering more home-cooked comfort foods such as American chop suey, meatloaf, and baked macaroni and cheese in addition to pizza, subs and roast beef, in an effort to attract more customers.
“The balance I have left, we are on a payment plan,” she added.
The restaurant’s name is derived from the nickname Marticio’s children called her growing up: Ma Duke.
“My kids and their friends always called me that growing up,” she said. “They still do.”
Those who wish can contact Marticio at 978-774-0172.
Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.
To help Marticio feed up to 1,000 people on Thanksgiving, All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore, the former Calvary and St. Paul’s Episcopal churches in Danvers and Peabody, respectively, will hold a Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at O’Neill Hall at the church, 46 Cherry St. The cost of the meal of spaghetti, sauce, meatballs, salad and breads is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Further donations will gratefully be accepted. All proceeds will go to Ma Duke’s serving of free Thanksgiving meals.