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In 1959, Mary Fazio opened the original Shack, using her father’s recipes and her kitchen’s pots and pans.  She created a warm and cozy place where her friends and family gathered to enjoy her home-cooked meals.  She made everything from scratch, from pizza dough to soups, pasta sauces to salad dressings.  Mary’s Italian comfort food kept her friends coming back to the Shack again and again. Mary pioneered the “open kitchen” concept so she could greet each guest as they walked through the door, and keep an eye out to make sure that no one left hungry.

Over fifty years later, we still use the recipes, ingredients, love and care that we learned from Mary.  Our company is still owned and operated by the family; the third generation of the family handles the day-to-day running of the business in roles ranging from CEO to spearheading our charitable giving.  Mary’s great-grandchildren can be found learning the ropes in our restaurants, as well as recording our radio ads.  And, of course, Toto, Peggy and Anna are still keeping an eye on the business; it has their mother’s name on it!

Our family extends beyond the lines of our family tree, as well.  We are proud of the fact that many of our crew members have spent their entire careers here, and they are part of the Mary’s family, as well.  We have employees that have worked for us for over thirty years, and they help us keep Mary’s spirit and culture alive in our restaurants. We invite you to come in and experience it for yourself.