By Kati O’Hare
Anthony Damiano said he’s dedicated to Montrose’s downtown, and that’s why he’s investing in two Main Street buildings to house his culinary school and second restaurant.
“My goal has always been a restaurant company that offers consulting, management and a culinary school,” Damiano said. “I saw an opportunity here.”
Damiano moved to Montrose to be Cornerstone’s food and beverage director in 2008. He has worked as executive chef at New York’s Russian Tea Room, chef, proprietor and owner of several Florida restaurants, executive chef at Donald Trump’s Mar A Lago and chef de cuisine of restaurants at Le Cordon Bleu, Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona.
When Cornerstone closed this winter, Damiano took his severance money and bought himself a job.
He opened Damiano’s Cowboy Ciao at 1140 N. Townsend Ave. on Dec. 29. Recently, he leased the former Sicily’s restaurant building at 1135 E. Main St. for the site of his second restaurant, Damiano’s on Main. And he is looking at several Main Street sites for his Western Colorado Culinary Academy.
Derek Miller, of Summit West LLC., stains the floor at the former Sicily’s restaurant Friday afternoon. The former Sicily’s restaurant will be the site of Anthony Damiano’s second restaurant, Damiano’s on Main. (Joel Blocker / Daily Press)