Monday, December 03, 2001

Tristate reaction to Ted Gregory's death

        “He was the consummate innkeeper. No question about it. I've never seen him frown ... He always had a good joke, and he built an empire on that — plus damn good ribs.” — Michael J. Comisar, former owner, Maisonette

        • “Ted was an icon in the industry. He was an idol of mine. He taught me, "You give people their money's worth and value and they will come back.' ... I tried to emulate him. The restaurant business is like show business. Everyday is opening day. It's not about what you did yesterday. It's what you do today, and Ted carried on the tradition.” — Buddy LaRosa, pizza restaurant chain owner

        “He's one of the reasons why this city is so great. The name Montgomery Inn is known worldwide. It's a sad day for Cincinnati that he's gone.” — Marty Brennaman, Reds announcer

        “I am smiling because Ted was one of a kind. He worked hard. He enjoyed life and before he slowed down with illness he was just a treat to know. They don't make them like Ted anymore. He helped the city by opening the Montgomery Inn Boathouse and bringing that attraction downtown.” — Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken

        “This breaks my heart, honey. I just went up to the restaurant on Montgomery Road last Sunday with all my sisters and their husbands. Ted's son was there and they put us in this private room and brought us shrimp. Every time I was in the Boathouse he came up and gave me a big hug and a kiss.” — Marge Schott, former Reds owner

        “When I first came to Cincinnati (in 1980), he was one of the first people I met. I remember talking to him in his restaurant on Montgomery Road and it was very busy, but I felt like I was the only person in the room when he was talking to me.” — Paul Sturkey, chef and owner, Sturkey's Restaurant and Encore Cafe, Wyoming

        “He was always full of humor and optimism. He is a good friend that I will miss.” — Carl Lindner, financier


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