A legendary restaurateur: Victor Fontana (1939-2012)

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  • Angela C. Bond
  • In 2007, bartender Nick Haug poured drinks for Victor Fontana at the downtown nightspot called Seven.

It’s not too late to raise a toast to the memory of a great restaurant owner: Victor Fontana. But nothing too fancy.

“Victor wasn’t a big drinker,” says restaurant veteran Laser Avery, who worked for Fontana, on and off, for over three decades. “But if he did have a drink, it was a scotch and water.”

Avery is one of the many, many men and women in Kansas City’s restaurant community who got their start working for Fontana, who died last Friday at age 73 after a long and difficult illness. “But he never complained,” says restaurateur Michael Garozzo, who began his Kansas City career working for Fontana in the 1970s. “He kept his sense of humor to the end.”

Categories: Dining, Food & Drink