There’s a lot Jim Boscaino III won’t change about the business, and it all has to do with family.
His father started the tradition of closing Sunday and Monday for family time. It’ll stay that way. He’s added a few things to the menu, but he won’t take away any longtime favorites his parents created. And he won’t move the business at 204 E. Cherry Lane, Bellefonte.
That’s because Jim Boscaino Jr. opened the eatery in 1952, not long after the family’s first restaurant closed after about 40 years in business. Jim Boscaino III began to work in the restaurant in 1978.
“I worked for my father for the next 16 years,” he said. “There wasn’t a department I didn’t work in, including cleaning the toilets when it came down to it. If he wanted something done, anything done, I did it.”
He bought Jim’s Italian Cuisine in 1994.
What’s been a really nice change is I’ve seen people change and grow up in the local community. I see them grow up, bring their kids in, and then their kids come with friends or a girlfriend. My father saw a generation grow up. I’ve seen a generation grow up, and now a new one is coming. It’s nice to see that.
I also have my five girls here that help out, nieces, a sister that helps me, and then we have outsiders, but the majority is family. And you can’t show favoritism. You’ve got be fair, because they’d pick it up. That’s a big thing. If you are fair, it works good.