Anthony and Joanne D'Amelio inside Verdi's Restaurant in Waterbury.
Column By State Representative
Running a business, especially a restaurant, is difficult in the best of times, but during a pandemic with rolling state-mandated closures and constantly changing restrictions and guidelines it has become a nearly impossible task.
Don’t get me wrong, this is the profession I chose to devote my life to when I took a chance and opened my first restaurant in my early 20s. A choice I made believing that with hard work and a quality product I could provide for my family, and help others earn a living while learning new, marketable life skills. For more than 30 years, I’ve been fortunate to share my success with the customers and staff I love. We know most customers by name - certainly by their favorite dish - and my staff, especially those who have been with me for years, are part of one big, extended family.
When my family is threatened, I will speak out.