It’s Russell’s to the Rescue When Family’s 18-person Reservation Goes Awry

Nov. 7, 2019

Vincent and Marian Carafice had a fantastic time with family celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary at Russell's Steaks and Chops, not to be confused with Russell’s Smokehouse in Denver. (Photo courtesy Maria Fabbiano)Vincent and Marian Carafice had a fantastic time with family celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary at Russell’s Steaks and Chops, not to be confused with Russell’s Smokehouse in Denver.

After two weeks of phone calls and texts, Maria Fabbiano had the private room at Russell’s ready to properly celebrate her parents’ 65th wedding anniversary.

It was Oct. 6, and the evening’s stars, Vincent and Marian Carafice, had driven in from West Seneca. Fabbiano had traveled from Stuart, Fla., with her husband, Rocco. Her brother drove from Cincinnati, stopping at Ohio State University to pick up his children. Her son and his wife had flown in from Tampa.

The rest of the table of 18 were there.

Fabbiano walked up to the host stand through the typical Saturday night throng at Russell’s Steaks and Chops, trailed by a nephew, Chance Carafice, carrying the cake she’d ordered from Dessert Deli. “65 Years Blessed & Loved,” it read.

“We don’t have a reservation,” the host, partner Mark Jerge, told her.
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