Thursday, January 28, 2010

Louis Conti 1934-2010 - Click here for an excerpt from the book "Collision at Home Plate: The Lives of Pete Rose and Bart Giamatti

Louis Conti, opened Buddha's Restaurant
by Daily Hampshire Gazette
SOUTH HADLEY - Louis A. "Buddha" Conti, 75, died at his home of 60 years on Canal Street on Monday, Jan. 25, 2010.

Born on Nov. 9, 1934, above the Egg & I Restaurant on Main Street in South Hadley to Gino and Bruna (Bottoni) Conti. He lived all his life in South Hadley Falls. He was a 1953 graduate of South Hadley High School, where he was a standout outfielder and pitcher for the baseball team and captain of the basketball team. He played professional baseball in the Boston Red Sox organization from 1953 to 1955. He then served in the U.S. Navy for two years. He worked as a sales rep. for the former Lestoil, Inc. of Holyoke. Then he was the owner and worked along with his brother at Conti's Luncheonette from 1963 to 1973. He later owned Casa Conti's Restaurant & Lounge in South Hadley from 1974 to 1979.

He opened Buddha's Restaurant (now known as the Crack of Dawn) in 1979 which he ran until 2000 when he retired after 40 years in the food and restaurant Business. Lou enjoyed playing golf and watching his beloved South Hadley High School sports team...

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