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When we lived in the East Bay Area, many a Sunday after church, we took our children to Banchero’s Italian Restaurant in
. Hayward, California
It was a family place owned and operated by Father and Son, with 33 employees. The son, John began working in the restaurant when he was 13 and learned all aspects of the business.
Many customers enjoyed the take out menu with half a chicken, soup, spaghetti, or ravioli’s. I know we did on many an occasion.
The restaurant served the bay area delicious Italian food at a reasonable price. Your meal arrived in courses; Orderves, homemade soup, salad, and your choice of entree, with warm luscious garlic bread. To complete your meal there was a choice of Jell-O, pudding or spumoni ice cream. I always selected the spumoni ice cream. Yum.
The original building was a Quonset hut purchased from the military, and the front was given a face lift for a nice entry. Many a family gathering enjoyed sitting at their tables.
Sad to say, the restaurant closed mid 2012. The owner when interviewed said he desired to retire and spend more time with his family, but there was a real reason for the closure and the loss of 33 jobs for local families.
The owner would not bend to Government pressure. He ran a clean and healthy establishment so say all that worked there and the many customers who dined there.
One day armed with an agenda, in came the Health Department, making unreasonable demands,
The Department of Health required new equipment to be installed, and the expensive upgrades they insisted on had to be implemented immediately with NO grace period.
Owner John was too classy of a man to mention publicly about the attack on his business but thanks to the local Bureaucrats, 33 families lost their income and a fine restaurant was forced to close.
Small business needs to be encouraged and not plagued down with irrational regulations that force them out of business.
You are probably thinking – What would Jesus do? Jesus probably would have done the same thing that owner John did - - because we all know - - “You can’t fight City Hall.”
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