Oral History Project | Jim West

Owner of Jim’s Pizza Box, Jim West reflects on his more than three decades in the restaurant business in Milan.

 


Narrator:
West, Jim
Date of interview:
March 26, 2010
Occupations:
Local Business Owner

Timestamps

0:30
Starting out in Milan
0:50
Kramer’s/ Eastman’s
1:40
Lambert photos
2:30
Jeff Geason
3:15
Dine-In vs. Carry-Out
4:20
Reunion/ gathering place
5:30
Big changes in local dining business
7:45
Sand Bar
8:30
Path to the restaurant business
9:55
Emotional ties to patrons
11:15
Sponsoring local sports teams
12:00
Man of the Year Award
14:00
Vartarella Family
15:00
Shari Bowers history
15:45
Fund raisers
17:15
Blessings
18:00
Recipes and family
19:18
Adding to the menu
20:00
Larry Smith/ Spaghetti Night
21:10
Smitty Sub
23:00
Bob Bickley/ Glen Rockwell
24:40
Charlie Fisher and Fire Department
25.00
Monday and holiday closings
26:20
Challenges with young employees
28:40
Making adult decisions
30:30
Mentoring
33:00
What goes into running a restaurant
33:45
Pressures of self-employment
34:50
Favorite item on menu
35:20
Best sellers
36:55
Good memories
37:45
Famous people in the restaurant
39:00
Appreciation plaques
40:00
Remembering faces
40:40
Comfortable in Milan

 


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