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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 264

House concurrent resolution congratulating The Palms Restaurant on its diamond anniversary

Offered by:  Representatives Howard of Rutland City, Andrews of Rutland City, Courcelle of Rutland City, Flory of Pittsford, McCormack of Rutland City, Chen of Mendon and McNeil of Rutland Town

Whereas, Giuseppi Sabataso was a cobbler in Rutland whose wife, Giovanina, cooked delicious meals with an alluring aroma that caused his customers to comment with envy on the feasts that awaited him, and

Whereas, recognizing the potential for an Italian restaurant, they opened The Palms Restaurant, not coincidentally, on Palm Sunday 1933, and

Whereas, the Sabataso family persevered through the economically difficult Depression years, and

Whereas, in 1948, Giuseppe’s son, Primo, traveled to New York City to learn the art of making pizza, and in 1949, The Palms Restaurant sold the first Vermont‑made pizza, and

Whereas, in 1951, The Palms became one of the first restaurants in Vermont to offer television to its customers, and that same year, a generational transfer occurred when Giovanina and Giuseppi passed management responsibilities to their children, Luigi, Primo, and Alfred, and 

Whereas, in 1952, The Palms Restaurant began sponsoring softball, basketball, and bowling teams, and the many trophies the teams have earned through the years now adorn the walls of the restaurant’s Sportsmen’s Lounge, and

Whereas, in 1954, Alfred left the management team, and then in 1959, Luigi became the proprietor along with his wife, Dot, and their sons, Joe and John, and the third generation was represented by Joseph L. and John A., and

Whereas, The Palms became a “stag bar” from 1958 to 1969, and a Stein Club was organized with 24 members in 1959 which eventually grew to 72 enthusiastic participants, and

Whereas, in the mid-1960s, 401 customers signed the lounge ceiling, a memento that was obliterated in the November 18, 1972 fire that destroyed the restaurant, and

Whereas, in less than a year, on October 1, 1973, the rebuilt Palms opened at the same Strongs Avenue location, and

Whereas, in 1987, Joseph L. left, opening up a management opportunity for a fourth generation family member, John J., who attended The Culinary Institute of America and has introduced a catering component, and

Whereas, in 1988, he became executive chef, and

Whereas, his father, John A., and his mother, Jerri, continue to cook great dishes, and John J.’s younger brother, James Robert Luigi, and sisters, Janice and Jill, may well follow in the family tradition, and

Whereas, both bon appétit and World Famous Restaurants International magazines have featured The Palms restaurants on their pages, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates The Palms Restaurant on its diamond anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Sabataso family at The Palms Restaurant in Rutland.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont