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The Palm restaurant was founded in 1920 by two Italian brothers, Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi. While trying to obtain a license, the clerk had difficulty understanding this pair of businessmen, who had a strong Italian accent. Instead of issuing the license in the name of The Parma, they wrote The Palm. Bozzi and Ganzi decided it was easier to change the name of the restaurant, rather than change the name on the license.

palm 3  The restaurant served lunch and dinner for many years, using a single dining room. Later, a second room was installed, later a second floor was added, before being expanded to a much larger location across the street.

palm 5  Today, the company has 22 locations with plans to expand to 30 locations by 2020.

When the Palm first opened, it operated as a conventional Italian restaurant offering fare similar to that found in New York’s Little Italy neighborhood. Early in its history, however, a customer made a request for steak and the owners broiled it after retrieving meat from a butcher on Second Ave. As told in the Palm cookbook, the original request led to others and the item was finally put on the menu.

Later, the restaurant added Nova Scotia lobesters, as well as aged USDA prime beef, as well as a selection of salads.

Perhaps one of the defining features of the restaurant has been the tradition of using caricatures to cover the walls, rather than paint or paper. Those depicted in the murals are often celebrities, well known politicians, comedians, as well as sports and other media figures.

The Palm’s historical materials contend this tradition began as a twist on the phrase “sing for your meal” where an artist who enjoyed their meal would pay for it by drawing a portrait on the wall. Numerous celebrities have often provided an autograph next to their portrait. This tradition has continued at all other locations. palm 6

The grandson’s of the original owners are the third generation now operating the chain. Frequent customers are encouraged to join the 837 Club, which offers an accumulation of points, which can be used on future visits, as well as a free lobster dinner on the patron’s birthday.

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RockAuto was founded in 1999 by brothers Tom and Jim Taylor. After growing up in Detroit and working for both the GM and Chrysler factories, these brothers found true frustration with most auto parts stores. In the 1980’s, car factories were closing and many auto parts stores were struggling. Tom and Jim moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and after trying to be happy working other jobs, they decided to open their own online auto parts store.

rockauto 5  While RockAuto claims to have more than 1 million parts in stock, the company actually uses large distributors to actually hold items in a warehouse. RockAuto finds the parts and has the distributor ship the parts to the customer. RockAuto backs their suppliers, however, and if there is ever a problem. RockAuto takes care of the issue.

rockauto 4  The company has been growing steadily over the years but is reluctant to actually release any numbers. RockAuto has recently been running some ads on prime-time television shows, such as the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. The commercials might be a bit corny, but the company says they have been effective. rockauto 3

RockAuto has a 4.7 out of a 5-star rating on many review sites, such as Google. The Better Business Bureau gives them an A+ rating, with more than 790 positive reviews. Company headquarters remain in Madison, Wisconsin.

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HomeAdvisor Corporate Office

April 16, 2018

HomeAdvisor was founded in 1998 by Rodney Rice and Michael Beaudoin, the same friends who founded Einstein Brothers Bagels. The company, originally named ServiceMagic, is an online marketplace that connects homeowners with prescreened, local service professionals to complete home improvement, maintenance and remodeling projects. The company name was changed to HomeAdvisor in October of 2012.   […]

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Okeechobee Steak House Corporate Office

April 13, 2018

In October of 1947, Ralph and Norma Lewis opened The Okeechobee Drive-In. Passed on to their son, Curtis Lewis and his wife Jeannie, and now known as The Okeechobee Steakhouse. Curtis Lewis removed the “drive-through” and added a larger seating area, a new full-service bar, and renovated the remainder of the restaurant, thus making the restaurant […]

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Club Monaco Corporate Office

April 11, 2018

Club Monaco has it’s beginnings in Ontario, Canada. Business partners Joe Mimran, Saul Mimran and Alfred Sung opened their first store on Queen Street West in 1985. That location is still in existence today. There is a cafe below the sales floor, allowing customers to take a coffee break while shopping, which was a unique idea […]

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