Young high school student came to the counter looking for a job
In May, 1972, a young high school student and neighbor of Don and Ann Barbato, came to the counter at the Monroe Ave. location looking for a job. His name was Terry Klee, and Don initially told Ann to tell him that he was too young, and to come back after school was out, hoping he would go elsewhere for employment. Don was reluctant to hire neighbors and family friends, thinking that if things didn’t prove successful, he would have an additional problem. Terry was heartbroken. However, his mother told him to do just as Don instructed and return when school was out. “Show Mr. Barbato that you are sincere,” was her advice. And that is exactly what he did. Don was a bit surprised when Terry returned that June. But reluctantly, he hired him as a busboy in the busy dining room. A mentoring relationship had just begun that would later provide for a continued legacy of restaurant ownership and dedication.