Tony was born and raised in the Birmingham neighborhood on Toledo’s East Side. His father, Tony Sr., opened Tony Packo’s Café in 1932 at the current east side location, the corner of Front and Consaul Sts. Following his father’s untimely death, Tony Jr. started working in the restaurant at age 15. He has led the restaurant for 50 years and attributes its success to the many dedicated employees who have remained with the restaurant for decades. What was your first job? Meat cutter at the National School of Meat Cutting on Summit St. downtown. What health or lifestyle tips do you support? Eat anything you want in moderation and exercise as much as you can. Most memorable trip/trips? First, visiting Stratford, Ontario, Canada, to watch theater performances, and, second, going to the beach with my family. Your biggest self-indulgence? Tony Packo’s chili. I have always wanted to… Take classes at the Culinary Institute of Arts. What trait do you admire in others? The ability to REALLY listen to others. Your pet peeve? People who DON’T listen. Something most people don’t know about you? I have taught spinning classes for 20 years. Words you live by? The Golden Rule: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” What was a defining moment in your life? Getting involved in the Mankind Project. What advice would you give to the younger you? Trust your heart Who is someone you’d like to meet? Winston Churchill. What inspires you now? Watching my daughter grow and thrive.
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