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From one Palm to a whole grove: The story behind an 89-year-old two-family restaurant business

Guests enjoying a meal at The Palm in New York (photo courtesy The Palm Restaurant)

It’s hard to believe that a clerical error blossomed into one the biggest names in hospitality across the country. Legend has it that in 1926, just six years after arriving to New York from Parma, Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi wanted to register their Second Avenue restaurant after their hometown. Their heavy accents gave the cleric registering their business the impression they’d said “Palm.” And so, a legend — and The Palm — was born. The steakhouse’s success wasn’t determined by the name, however, but by the hard work and dedication of its founders. “I spent a lot of time ...

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