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Unexpected Location for Dobbs Ferry Restaurant

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Having opened an eatery called the "Dobbs Ferry Restaurant" in San Francisco in November, Scott Broccoli, who grew up in the village, said he takes pride in bringing his roots all the way out to California.

“I’ve been in California for 12 years,” he said.  “People ask where I’m from, I don’t say I’m from New York or Westchester, I’m from Dobbs Ferry.”

Broccoli, who graduated from Dobbs Ferry High School in 1992, moved to San Francisco 12 years ago to try out a different lifestyle.

“It’s just one of those things I figured I’ll come out here for a year and check it out and before you know it, it’s been 12,” he said.

Broccoli opened the Dobbs Ferry Restaurant with his partner Danny Sterling to go along with his other two places in town, Ace's and The Pub at Ghiradelli Square. Even though the restaurant is on the other side of the country, Broccoli said Westchester transplants are commonplace.

“I had 100 Giants fans every Sunday for the football games and obviously for the playoff games it doubled and tripled,” he said.  “It was absolute mayhem.”

Having grown up in Dobbs Ferry and working as a bartender at local restaurants such as Doubleday’s, Broccoli has had an intimate view of the business over the years.

“It’s in my blood,” he said.  “It’s one of those things I grew up in it, that’s always how I made money.”

While working as a bartender and other positions in the restaurant business was fun, Broccoli said he knew the only way to make any more money was to become an owner.

“It’s not glamorous, there’s nothing sexy about the business,” he said.  “I don’t care what you do.  If you’re Mick Jagger and you get on stage every night after a while it’s a job. Work is work.”

Coming up with the name for the new restaurant, Broccoli said he just wanted to add a little touch of home to the west coast.

“It’s just the stuff you miss from home,” he said.  “I wanted to have it look personalized and kind of tied in, it’s the stuff I grew up with.  That’s where I’m from.”

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