OLEAN, NY — A fixture in the local restaurant scene received honors this year.
The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce announced Angee’s Restaurant is the recipient of the 2019 Enterprising Business Award, the highest honor the chamber gives to a member business. Recipients are companies which exemplify the unique hometown charm of the Greater Olean area through enriching the community and commercial growth
“Angee’s Restaurant is indeed part of the landscape of downtown Olean, and it’s often a place where many visitors to our community stop for a meal,” Meme Yanetsko, the Chamber’s COO, said. “For decades, Angee’s has provided the area with quality service and food. What’s more, the generations of Fratercangelos who have owned and operated the restaurant have always worked to enhance Angee’s and position it well for generations to come.”
Yanetsko added, “Angee’s Restaurant is absolutely a deserving recipient of the Enterprising Business Award.”
Italian immigrant Libratore Angelo Fratercangelo founded the eatery at 475 N. Union St. in 1948. It has been a family affair ever since.
Within a year of opening, Libratore’s son, Nicholas — “Little Nicky” — left his job at what was then Clark Brothers to assist his father in managing the enterprise. The pair worked side by side, building the business into the early 1960s when the elder Libratore retired. During the next two-and-a-half decades, the younger Libratore continued growing the restaurant, expanding the menu and offerings and developing it into a community hub.
Nicholas Libratore retired in the mid-1980s and kept with the example his father set by turning the business over to his sons, Angelo and Anthony. Despite stepping back from the restaurant’s day-to-day operations, he remained a constant inside Angee’s, stopping in every morning to sit at his favorite table and visit with friends.
Brothers Angelo and Anthony ran the restaurant for a few years together until Angelo Libratore decided to pursue another career.
Anthony Libratore has been at the helm of Angee’s since 1988, continuing the family legacy to make the restaurant the best it can be. He oversaw many improvements to the eatery, such as revamping and expanding its menu, remodeling the dining room, and enlarging its kitchen. In more recent years, he brought Angee’s marinara sauce to the market, selling jars of it at regional grocery stores.
Angee’s impact on the community extends beyond providing diners with a welcoming place to enjoy a meal and reconnect. The restaurant often sponsors local sports teams and contributes to charitable causes.
“Angee’s is truly an asset to our community, and downtown Olean wouldn’t be the same without it,” Yanetsko said.
In addition to Angee’s Restaurant, Henry H. Hill took home an Enterprising Business Award, while local lawyer Brian O’Connell Jr. received the 2019 L.O.U.I.E. Award and the Olean Family YMCA received the Chamber’s Presidential Award. Awards were presented during the GOACC's annual dinner.