By: Tom Eastman, The Conway Daily Sun
Merlino’s Family Steakhouse’s “Sign of the Steer” has been a landmark along Route 16 in North Conway for more than 50 years, symbolizing good food and great prices.
First run by the Merlinos, it was purchased by the Luciano family in January 1967.
The late Audrey and Dick Luciano moved their family of four boys and four girls to the Mount Washington Valley from Hingham, Mass., after they purchased the restaurant.
They had first been introduced to the area on their honeymoon, and years later, after running successful service stations in Massachusetts, decided to relocate to the valley.
“They kept the Merlino’s name — along with the steer sign,” said Rick Luciano, the oldest son and a 1972 Kennett High graduate. The former KHS baseball star took over the management of the operation after earning a business degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., in 1976.
He and wife, Sherry, are now the owners. They have four children.
A founding member of the Valley Originals group of independent local restaurants, Merlino’s has always been a family operation, Luciano said. “At one time or another, all of my brothers and sisters and children have worked here at the restaurant.
"We have a great staff," Luciano added. "Many have been with us for years. They are loyal, talented and very hard-working. We could not have done it without them."
Merlino’s is celebrating its 50th anniversary with special promotions planned for January.
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