Robert Joseph Dagostino, Cleveland, 34 years in the industry
Bobby, Bobby D, Bobby Dags, Dags. On busy bar nights: Hey, Yo, Buddy, A$$hole – I think my last name on this is Ivebeenwaitingtwentyminutesforadrink.
Where did you grow up, and what was it like there?
Parma, Ohio just outside Cleveland. When we first moved there, there were farms in the area. Now it’s just suburbia.
Favorite childhood memory?
WOW, way too many to list. Family camping and picnics were always at the top of the list.
Where do you work & what do you there?
The Plain Dealer, 40 years, currently the Quality Assurance & Commercial Print Coordinator. Oh, wait you meant bartending! The Crazy Horse Saloon, Airport bartender... over 20 years with them.
What is the most rewarding part of your career?
Meeting new people. Being by the airport we see a lot passing through the city for work. There have been many big movie and internet stars perform at our club that I have become friends with. Years ago it was a place where business was conducted. With the change in tax laws and days of political correctness, the atmosphere has changed but we still have fun.
What is your favorite bartending moment?
We are not really a bar that when you come into you expect a nice cocktail menu of classics and fresh ingredient cocktails. So it’s always nice to see a customer’s face when he takes that first sip, then wants to try several of the other drinks on the menu.
What do you do to relax outside of work?
A nice night out with Gabriella. Watching the grandchildren. Hanging out with family & friends.
Tell us about your dream vacation.
A world cruise and rail trip.
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
Advice you could offer to others:
Treat all of your customers with equality and with kindness. (Really applies to everyone you meet or deal with.) Don’t worry about how much is in the tip bucket. I hear it too many times, “That jerk didn’t tip me on that round... I’m not waiting on them again.” You never know, he may throw you a twenty at the end of the night. If they don’t, someone may notice and flip you a few extra dollars. Either way it will all even out by the end of the night or week.
Who do you look up to and why?
There are quite a few, the top ones are; My Parents, Peter & Helen. I am the oldest of six children. My Father worked two jobs, took us on great adventures, played football, golf, baseball and basketball with us and the neighborhood kids, taught us all great work habits, how to fix just about anything and survival skills. My Mother was the Manager, Event/Party and Fashion Coordinator, Teacher, Taxi Driver, Chef and all round GREAT person. Our families are huge, loud and can party harder than most. My lovely wife of 36 years, Gabriella! She has put up with me this long, plus raised our three children. Even though I work long hours and am involved in quite a few other things, there is nothing like coming home to or taking her with me. Everybody loves her and she can even bartend when I need her to.
Tell us something unusual or unique about yourself that we might not know.
I try and go to Mass every weekend and I am an Eucharistic Minister. I am also a registered minister (internet) and have married close to a dozen couples.
What does the future hold for you?
Retirement from the paper. Travel, and always bartending.
What's your favorite part of usbg.org?
I don’t think many members realize that this a great tool for your chapter. You can store and share documents, email the chapter, keep your calendar of events and see what other chapters are also doing. The education portion and growing and will be another great part of the site. It is not a social media site like Facebook. I subscribe to a lot of chapters in our area and region to keep up, and I always read the SideBar and recent stories. Would I like it to have some other features? Yes, but usbg.org is a great tool.
What is your favorite joke?
I’m a little older, so most of my jokes would be considered offensive to the frail.
What is your favorite word?
What turns you on?
The switch on my back.
What other profession would you like to attempt?
Race car driver. Dragster or Indy.
What other profession would you never try?
What personal attribute of yours do you most appreciate?
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
What do you mean IF? When I arrive, I won’t care what God says, I made it to the gates and hopefully they will let me in.