The Westfield Historian thanks her readers for their great response - feedback, stories and corrections - regarding part one of three of the Bark Grill History. Before continuing the story, please note that Walter's Meat Market was never located on the Bark Grill premises, but was always on Main Street. When Randy Arnot and wife, Mary, owned the restaurant after the death of Tony DiPasquale, Mary's parents were the owners of Walter's Meat Market, and so they purchased their fine meats from the family meat market.
The story continues
In the 1970s, the Bark Grill was remodeled and turned into a French restaurant as shown here in a picture of the dining room from the 1980s.
Over the years, stories about people and places change and evolve as memories become distant and fuzzy and colored by later events. For example, a slightly different version of the origin of the Bark Grill tells that Mamie, Tony DiPasquale's mother, started in 1932 an Italian spaghetti house and local bar called the Elbow Room. Later she gave the restaurant to Tony after he married Carrie Loupe, who was an excellent cook.
In an effort to distinguish fact from fiction, several sources were searched including obituaries for Anthony DiPasquale and Carrie DiPasquale.
"Anthony DiPasquale, age 66 ... died unexpectedly while visiting at Westfield Memorial Hospital, Friday, December 22nd (1972)... He was a restaurant owner and had operated the Bark Grill at 14 East Pearl Street for nearly 40 years ... was married to Carrie Loupe ... who survives ... also survived by two daughters ... a step-son Dominic A. Bova."
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Surprise, a step-son with a different surname. It must be that Carrie was married to a Bova before she married Tony.
"Carrie J. Loupe Bova DiPasquale - 'Former Owner and Operator of the Bark Grill Restaurant and Bar' ... entered into rest on May 6, 2007... Mrs. DiPasquale, along with her late husband, Anthony D. DiPasquale, were the original owners and operators of the former Bark Grill Restaurant and Bar in Westfield for 25 years until his death in 1972. This well-known landmark was renowned for her many homemade Italian specialty dishes, hospitality and unique dcor. Upon her retirement she kept active in the restaurant business by assisting her grandson prepare the various family specialties at Bova's Restaurant and Pizzeria in North East (PA)."
Carrie's obituary doesn't mention her first husband by name, but the surname of her son, Dominic A Bova, as well as her full name at the beginning, at least attest to this. Also, neither Tony's nor Carrie's obituary gives a date for their marriage. And note the major discrepancy in years of operating the Bark Grill - 40 in Tony's obituary, but only 25 in Carrie's obituary.
According to another story, after Tony died, Carrie served the annual Welch's Christmas Party at the Bark Grill, then closed the restaurant immediately afterwards in December 1972. The Bark Grill "went dark" until, in November of 1975, the property was auctioned to Randy and Mary Arnot. They remodeled the restaurant and opened it as a French sidewalk bistro in March of 1976, with a French chef named Gui. It seems that this French chef, who lived in the apartment upstairs from the restaurant, found a large sum of money in a couch and disappeared. A new chef, John Pereria, and his wife, Debbie, were hired to continue the French cuisine.
By May 1980, Arnot had sold the Bark Grill to John and Barbara Buczek, who continued the French atmosphere and cuisine. An article in the Erie Times of May 16, 1985 painted a glowing picture of the romantic atmosphere and the delicious entrees prepared by Chef Pereira. Unfortunately, Buczek fell on hard times, and a foreclosure returned the restaurant to Arnot in October 1988.
After standing empty for over a year, Ron Frushone purchased the Bark Grill in November, opening for New Years' Eve 1989 after remodeling and redecorating, including removing the bark from the walls. According to sources, the bark had deteriorated to the point of no return. California-Italian cuisine and paisley wallpaper lent a refreshing new atmosphere to the place.
A year and a half later, in September 1991, Jim and Sue Sciarrino purchased the Bark Grill and converted it to casual fine dining and a sports bar. Being from Thailand, Sue did weekly Thai specials, while the main dining room served veal Parmesan, Friday fish fry, Saturday prime rib and Sunday family style dinner. After 10 years, Sciarrino sold to Jim Blanchard and Lisa Schultz.