Seniority/Owner of Mario's Place shares his thoughts
Published 5:30 pm, Thursday, August 18, 2011
Editor's note: This is one in an occasional series of chats with local seniors about their lives, youthful aspirations, sources of pride and regret, plus a bit of wisdom to share with younger folks.
Following is an interview with Frank DeMace, 76, owner of Mario's Place, a restaurant established in 1969 at 36 Railroad Place. DeMace, who started waiting on tables at the old Arrow Restaurant when he was a teenager, credits hard work by himself and his staff for making Mario's Place a favored destination for generations of families. His keys to the restaurant's succcess are a spotless kitchen in which fine food is skillfully prepared and excellent service. Old-timers fondly call DeMace the Mayor of Saugatuck.
Q: How long have you lived in Westport?
A: All my life -- 76 years.
Q: Are you married?
Q: Children? How many?
Q: Grandchildren? How many?
Q: Are you retired?
Q: What do you do?
A: Own a restaurant.
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A priest.
Q: What was a significant memory or defining moment in your childhood?
A: Parents told me to get an education. I did in Westport public schools.
Q: Do you have a favorite work of art?
A: Anything by Michelangelo.
Q: What music do you listen to?
A: Frank Sinatra.
Q: What is your favorite movie?
Q: Do you have a favorite actor?
A: Robert Deniro.
Q: Who was the best President of the United States?
A: Bill Clinton.
Q: If you could tell the President of the United States one thing, what would it be?
A: Get the economy moving.
Q: Do you have any regrets in life?
Q: What achievements of yours are you most proud of?
A: Owning a restaurant.
Q: Best piece of advice for the younger generation?
A: Get an education
Q: What brings you your greatest joy?
Q: If you had a magic wand, what would you wish for?
A: Winning lottery ticket.