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Gary Lucarelli: Sweetwater Cafe, Cafe Sausalito, Players, and Tutto a Posto

Gary Lucarelli: Sweetwater Cafe, Cafe Sausalito, Players, and Tutto a Posto

For more than 40 years, Gary Lucarelli has been a pivotal player in the local restaurant scene. We have him to thank for helping make Cleveland a true dining destination, and for training some of our best local talent. The 69-year-old restaurateur was born in Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood, where his grandfather and father were the proprietors of a grocery store that bore their name. As an adolescent, Lucarelli spent time in St. Louis, and at the tender age of 12, he officially kicked off his restaurant career. "As a kid I worked every position: I was a wine steward before I was old enough to legally drink!" says Lucarelli. MORE>>

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