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Jason Soifer/The Daily Courier<br>Cathy Giacobbe bought Genovese’s Italian Restaurant with her business partner Audrey Orefice nearly seven years ago.

Jason Soifer/The Daily Courier<br>Cathy Giacobbe bought Genovese’s Italian Restaurant with her business partner Audrey Orefice nearly seven years ago.

Q & A with Cathy Giacobbe, co-owner of Genovese's Italian Restaurant at 217 W. Gurley St. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and until 9 p.m. on weekends. For information, call 771-9032 or visit www.genovesesrestaurant.com.

Q: How did you get into this business?

A: I've been in this industry my entire life, since I was 16 years old and Audrey (Orefice) was 15. We met at a restaurant in Vegas and we've been friends and business associates for many years. The two of us have over 50 years of experience.

We came up for a weekend getaway from Vegas and fell in love with this great little town. Nearly seven years ago we came here and decided to move here and open our little dream restaurant. This restaurant came available a few months after we came to town. The minute we walked in, we knew this was the right fit for us.

Q: What service do you provide in the community?

A: The menu is kind of a mixture of Italian dishes from the previous owner's recipes with some of our own.

We have something for everyone's tastes. My two cousins and Audrey's sister are on the floor during the week. We've got early bird specials starting at $8.95 and parking is available in the Granite Street Garage. We've got a lunch card and we're looking into having one for dinner.

Q: What is your key to business longevity?

A: I think it's the personal service that we provide and great food. I think you have to have both to make a successful restaurant, and that's the bottom line.

Q: What is the best business advice you've given and received?

A: The best advice I've given is success is a journey, not a destination. You've got to keep on working on it.

The best advice I've received is to keep your eyes on everything. I think it's important to do every job in the business to properly understand it.

Q: What's something unique about you?

A: My partner has been on Food Network a few times and we've both done AM Arizona.

Q: How many hours a week do you work?

A: I'm lucky - I've got a great staff. Because of them, I work about 30 to 40 hours a week.

Q: If you could take a week away, what would you do?

A: I'd go on a cruise to Hawaii.

Q: What's something unique about your business?

A: We are family owned and operated and we all get along, which is so rare. We all help each other to give the very best service we can.

Q: How are you handling the economy?

A: We've lowered our prices to deal with the economy because we're all in this together. We've extended our early-bird hours from 3 to 6 p.m. and we offer lunch and dinner cards. We are going to offer half glasses of house wine and beer during those early-bird times.

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