Niagara Gazette

Communities

January 1, 2013

Esther Pane, co-founder of Pane's Restaurant, dies at 88

Niagara Gazette — At the hostess stand at Pane’s Restaurant, Esther Pane’s photograph smiles at diners who enter the North Tonawanda institution, a memorial to a legacy that touched many lives in the community — and a continuing presence at the restaurant that extends beyond her picture.

Esther Pane died Thursday at age 88 at the Cleveland Clinic, said Jim Pane, one of her seven children and the current restaurant proprietor.

“She made so many friends at the restaurant over the years,” he said. “People are coming into the restaurant with stories; some are crying. A lot of people still know her.”

The former Esther Paone was born March 7, 1924, in Conflenti, Italy, emigrating with her family to the United States in 1932, when she was 7. The family came through Ellis Island and settled in Lockport. She eventually married Peter Pane Jr. and moved to North Tonawanda, where they started the restaurant on Payne Avenue in 1959.

“When they decided to open an restaurant, they worked at steel factories, my father and grandfather,” Jim Pane said. “They came down to opening a mechanic shop or a restaurant. My mom had the final say. She wanted a kind of business where she could help. She didn’t think she’d be able to at a mechanic shop.”

Peter Pane Jr. died in 1988 after 47 years of marriage. Esther Pane worked full time at the restaurant until the early 1990s, but continued to be a presence there — a legacy that continues on the menu, Jim Pane said.

“Just about all of our basic recipes that we have today are hers — her sauces, her dressings, her soups,” he said, adding that his mother loved to cook and entertain and garden. He was recently looking at old photographs and found a picture of his own first birthday cake, an elaborate carousel that his mother had constructed.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Communities
  • 140721 Wallenda Staycation 1B.jpg Nik Wallenda Stay-cation in the Falls

    Nik Wallenda enjoyed a day-off in Niagara Falls on Monday, taking a jet boat and helicopter ride with family, friends and cast members of his Darien Lake show. (Photos by James Neiss)

    July 21, 2014 4 Photos 1 Video

  • Western New York Land Conservancy nears funding goal for Stella Niagara Nature Preserve The Western New York Land Conservancy in partnership with the Sisters of St. Francis have now secured $2.6 million of $3.2 million in proposed funding for the creation of the Stella Niagara Nature Preserve by accepting a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

    July 22, 2014

  • NIA Bucci exhibit 1 072114 Local artist Nori Bucci's work on display at Main Street library Local artist and musician Nori Bucci's pencil art will be on display in the main floor exhibit cases at the Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St. through Aug. 3.

    July 21, 2014 4 Photos

  • NIA Biz Column art 1 072114 Electric cars will get charge out of new IBEW 237 battery station

    Those who drive electric cars now have a free location to stop and charge their batteries, thanks to a new charging station recently built at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 237 at 8803 Niagara Falls Blvd. Beside offering free charging, the stations gave a class of apprentice electricians a chance to learn how to assemble the stations. "We think it's a great training tool," said Russ Quarantello, a business manager for the union.

    July 21, 2014 4 Photos

  • NIA New Skateland owners art 072114 Skating spot will re-open in fall under Rainbow Rink owners For Maurice and Barbara Cooper, purchasing the former Skateland rink on Lincoln Avenue in Lockport seemed a little like fate.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140717 Armenian Fest 2 [Duplicate] SUNDAY: St. Hagop's Church holds Armenian Festival on 9th St. A trio of church members were preparing a giant pan of rice recently, readying it to stuff the grape leaves for the Armenian Festival Sunday at St. Hagop's Church on Ninth Street. A bystander was lucky enough to get a sample of the stuffing, and could clearly taste the savory dill, tart lemon and sweet fresh mint that infused the rice. There were also Armenian cookies to be sampled, made from a beloved recipe that included ground cherry pits from a middle eastern tree, which gave the buttery dough a distinct sweet flavor.

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • NIA Science camp art 3 071814 Students back at Hyde Park Elementary for week-long STEM science camp Hyde Park Elementary's halls are mosaicked with a rural scene, but the mentality of the teachers and students is decidedly technical.

    July 18, 2014 4 Photos

  • Praxair employees give $17,000 to Hospice Praxair employees donated to $17,000 to Hospice Buffalo Thursday afternoon, a press release from the company said.

    July 18, 2014

  • Corvettes cruisin' to Old Falls Street on Saturday There will be a Corvette summer celebration on Saturday along Old Falls Street in downtown Niagara Falls.

    July 17, 2014

  • NIA Darro Dinner art 1 071714 Tom Darro, the voice of Niagara Falls, honored at Como on Wednesday Tom Darro's been talking into a microphone about Niagara Falls for a very long time. On Wednesday, the radio talk show host with one of the most loyal followings in the region, was celebrated by his friends, family and listeners for 50 years in the media business. "He's a good guy and it's time somebody recognized him for what he's done on the radio," said Dave Costanzo, owner of Yaseen's Jewelers, who has known Darro for more than 40 years and has joined him on his radio program, "Viewpoint" on WJJL, 1140 AM.

    July 17, 2014 2 Photos

Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page