The Perrone Family History......
Perrone was born in Bari, Italy in the town of Corato on July 5, 1946 to Lugi & Maria Perrone (he was #4 of 9 children). His Father immigrated to America in 1960 to earn a better life for his family. He got a job in a restaurant as a dishwasher, that restaurant was Doria’s. Franks older brother Dominick came to the U.S in 1962 also to work in Doria’s, but left Frank to care for the rest of the family back in the old country. By 1964 Luigi had earned enough to reunite the family in the America.
Frank recalls “The first morning I woke up in our new home it was Easter Sunday. Back home nobody worked today, Osch e Fest (translation: Today is a holiday). I put my Sunday's best on and met the family for breakfast. My father and brother looked at me like I had two heads. They thought I was nuts! My father said hurry up and eat we have to go to work early today. I was shocked, but Pop I said, today is Easter...what work? My father said in America everyone works on the Holidays." Disappointed and upset, Frank knew things had to get done after all. “That’s why we came here isn't it.” He wasted no time, and like his brother and father, he went to work. He and Dominick worked every station in the kitchen from the dishes to salad, to pizza, and the line. Within a few years, the two brothers were approached by the Doria family to assume the restaurant. On November 1, 1971 they were official restaurateurs. They opened the doors with a full restaurant, ful
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