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Corrections and clarifications for the history of the Bark Grill

Buzzings from BeeLines

May 9, 2012
By Marybelle Beigh - Westfield Historian ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Before continuing with Part 3, some corrections and clarifications are in order from Part 2.0

First error - It was Bob and Sue Sciarrino, not Jim and Sue, who purchased the Bark Grill in 1991 from Ron Frushone, although the name Jim was in a previous news article that was used as the source for this part of the story. This illustrates the need to go to a primary source document, such as deeds that are recorded in a title search document. The deed record for the property known as the Bark Grill gives "Robert J Sciarrino and Sumonnet Sciarrino, husband and wife" as the recipients of the Warranty Deed from Ronald J. Frushone, for the property at 14 East Pearl Street Westfield, N.Y.

Second error - The photo is of Tony and Carrie DiPasquale, not Tony and Mamie, which was a typing error on the part of the Westfield Historian. Carrie was Tony's second wife, as he was married to Sarah Margaret Alessi sometime before his mother, Mamie, deeded the property to Tony and Sarah DiPasquale in 1940.

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Sue and Bob Sciarrino are former owners of the Bark Grill restaurant in Westfield.

The information regarding Tony DiPasquale's first marriage, as well as the names of his first wife and of the two daughters from that marriage, Nicoletta (DiPasquale) Kowalczyk and Philomena (DiPasquale) Miller, was obtained after Part 2 was submitted for publication. The discrepancy in the years of operation of the Bark Grill by Tony DiPasquale - 40 years - and of Tony and Carrie DiPasquale - 25 years - according to their respective obituaries is now explained. Since Tony DiPasquale died in 1972, subtracting 25 from that date gives a date of about 1947 for when he married Carrie J. Loupe (Bova) DiPasquale. Apparently, when some legal or financial issues required reference to the deed of the property, it was discovered that Tony's first wife, Sarah's name was still on the deed, so a Quit Claim Deed was executed to remove Sarah's name from the deed. When Tony DiPasquale died intestate without a will, the courts identified Tony's second wife, Carrie, and Tony's daughters, Nicoletta and Philomena, as the legal owners of the property.

A clarification may help regarding the name of Elbow Room. When Tony DiPasquale took over running the Bark, he named the bar room or lounge the Elbow Room. The whole restaurant, including the bar room was called The Bark Grill from at least 1940, when Mamie, Tony's mother, deeded the property to Tony and Sarah DiPasquale.

In the June 12, 1968, Westfield Republican, Second Section - Quality Guide Section - columnist Ann Johnson wrote "A Little Bit Of The World Is Yours When You Dine At The Bark Grill," which was based on an interview with Tony DiPasquale about the history of the Bark Grill and more. This article was mentioned in Part 1 of the current history of the Bark Grill series, quoting the information about DiPasquale operating a pool room prior to the opening of the restaurant as a bar and sandwich shop in 1932 by his mother, Mamie DiPasquale. Also recall that, in Part 1, the Dibble's Dabbles article about the 1935 ads only referred to the restaurant as the Spaghetti Restaurant. At that point the proprietor was Henry Cozza, the second husband of Mamie, according to the Dibble's Dabbles article describing the ads.

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Marybelle Beigh is the Public Historian for the Town and Village of Westfield. Her office is located at 3 East Main Street in Westfield, N.Y, 14787 - inside Parkview Ice Cream Parlor. Her scheduled office hours are Monday through Friday 9 to 11 a.m.; other hours by appointment.

Beigh can be reached at or by calling 326-2457 (office), 326-6171 (home) or 397-9254 (cell).



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