Ira Gershwin

Carmen Anthony: A Little Piece Of New York For 15 Years

Carmen Anthony: A Little Piece Of New York For 15 Years

Carmen Anthony Vacalebre had already established a successful fast-food business in the 1970s and 1980s with his Me Ma and Arby's franchises. But he wanted to step it up by opening a New York City-style steakhouse, the kind he liked to frequent.

He wanted a place that would rate up there with such red-meat restaurant icons as Del Friscos, Lugers, Keens and Sparks — clubby, intimate eateries with great wines and even better steaks. Every day he passed a Ponderosa Steakhouse at 496 Chase Ave., a few blocks from his Waterbury office. When the place closed in the mid '90s, Vacalebre decided to make his business dream come true.

Next month, Vacalebre will celebrate the...

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