Tony Stempeck, keeper of restaurant legacy, dies at 63

Nov 05, 2020 Travel News

Tony Stempeck, keeper of restaurant legacy, dies at 63

About ten years ago, Mr. Stempeck developed a way to determine exactly what was going on in the dishes.

“I went to the restaurant, I weighed every box of spices in the kitchen, she made the sauce, I reweighed the boxes, and then we knew,” he told the Reno Gazette Journal .

For the first time, the Casale family had written recipes.

“We were bred to take over the restaurant,” added Stempeck. “It‘s part of keeping Old Reno alive.”

Anthony Patrick Stempeck was born on March 2, 1957 in Reno. His mother and father, Casimir Stempeck – known by his marine nickname, Steamboat – ran Casale’s, which Ms Stempeck’s maternal grandparents had founded as a grocery store in 1937. Tony grew up in a house in the back , so close he could jump from his front door into the back door of the restaurant. He graduated from Sparks High School in 1975.

One evening, while working at Casale, he took the purse of Janet D’Amico, a customer, and hid it behind the bar to keep it. They had an enlightened court, married in 1990 and divorced in 2003. Ms. D’Amico died in 2007.

In addition to his daughter Haley, Mr. Stempeck is survived by another daughter, Cierra Marin; two brothers, Charlie and John Stempeck; three sisters, Madaline Zanoni, Maria Rogers and Helen Jayme; and his partner, Lynne Clark.

A devoted father, Mr. Stempeck ordered wood chips and topsoil for the construction of a playground at his daughters’ elementary school. He volunteered at the reception of the school, as a crossing guard, during sales of pastries, during fundraisers in the form of a spaghetti buffet. Regulars at Casale, used to the Tony pouring out pictures of Jägermeister, couldn’t believe it, but for two years running he was Parent of the Year.

After Mr Stempeck’s mother died, Ms Kramer ordered business cards from him bearing his former title: owner-operator.

They arrived on the day Mr. Stempeck died.