Our Adventure Continues

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Writing is about a blank piece of paper and leaving out what’s not supposed to be there.

— John Prine

Excerpts from Our Story: Almost 34 years ago a man gave me an opportunity that completely changed my life forever. An opportunity that many wish for, but never get the chance to make it happen! That man was Frank Perilli. A tough, hard working business man that dedicated his life to taking care of his family. Many of you know who Frank was but many do not. You’ve heard your mom or your dad or your grandparents talk about Genes and all the great memories they have of going there growing up in Morgantown.
 
February 1st, 1985 was the day I started my journey as the new owner of Genes. It was cold, it was snowing and it was a dark lonely place as I sat there with 2 customers chatting back and forth saying “you picked a great day to buy a bar!” Hahaha!! Shortly there after the front door opens and in walks Frank. He says, “come here Al and sit down with me. I want to talk to you!” I sat there for about an hour and listened to Frank share 41 years of knowledge on how to run that place. He genuinely wanted me to succeed and he took it upon himself to give me every opportunity to do so. Up until that point I really only knew Frank as a tough businessman. Willing to do whatever it takes to support his family. 10 hours a day, behind the bar, sweat on his upper lip, glasses sliding down his nose, hustling up and down that bar pouring beers and making hot dogs!! Occasionally flashing a smile and a little laugh! Going home at night working on the books, paying bills and thinking about what needed done come 8am the next morning.
 
Frank was more than just a tough businessman. He was a caring and compassionate man who truly did care about me and my success. He would say to me “Al Bonner you are a lucky man! You have a nice family. You take care of those little girls! That’s what matters in life!! Other than his family, I don’t know if anyone else knew Frank that way!?
 
Fast forward to today, we honor Frank, as well as all of the hard working, family-oriented, small business proprietors across our great nation, by forging ahead to make many more great new memories for the years to come.
 
Cheers, Frank! no …. even better ….
GENE’S, Frank!

Al

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