As this story has unfolded, it has undergone several revisions as well as corrections. Part four of the Bark Grill's fascinating history will be the conclusion of this series, but a surprise response from one reader will be revealed in a couple weeks.
To round out the images of former owners are photos of two more proprietors, noting that photos of Tony and Carrie DiPasquale, Bob and Sue Sciarrino, and co-owners Jim Blanchard and Lisa Schultz have appeared in earlier parts of this series.
This picture was photographed by Theresa Baideme, the granddaughter of the late Tony Baideme, artist, sign painter, inventor and musician, whose many talents were described through a series of BeeLines and Dibble’s Dabbles in the fall 2007 issues of the Westfield Republican. Being held by Westfield Historian Marybelle Beigh, left, and current proprietor of the Bark Grill, Evelyn Quagliana, right, is a 1957 painting by Tony Baideme of the first, and longest, proprietor of the Bark Grill, Anthony “Tony Bark” DiPasquale. This painting was recently returned to be displayed on the walls of the Bark Grill by one of DiPasquale’s two daughters, Phillomena (DiPasquale) Miller or Nicoletta (DiPasquale) Kowalczyk, from his first marriage to Sarah Margaret Alessi, as noted on the back of the painting. In the background are two antique items of furniture and equipment: The Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company’s “American Oak Triple-Arch” Back Bar and bar, said to have been first used at the 1901 Pan American Exposition in Buffalo; and the Beerador beverage cooler in the shape of a beer bottle, circa 1940.
Anyone who recognizes other people in these photos or has more photos to share should contact Marybelle (Blackburn) Beigh, Westfield Historian. Thanks.
Marybelle Beigh is the current 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 email@example.com or by calling 326-2457 (office), 326-6171 (home) or 397-9254 (cell).