Before I met the Giovanni of Giovanni’s Fish Market in Morro Bay, I pictured a portly, red-faced, mustached, middle-aged jolly Italian man with thinning gray hair. When I actually met Giovanni DeGarimore, I found myself face-to-face with an edgy modern, lean man and — dare I say — hunk.
“You’re Giovanni? The owner of Giovanni’s?” I sputtered.
With a large grin, he answered, “Yes, I am.”
The owner of the fish market and Stax Wine Bar has been in the fish business since he was a little sprat. The day of his birth, his father, Mike, left a sign on the door of their Morro Bay business that read, “Gone to have a baby, back tomorrow.” And he was. Along with his wife, Kathy, and newborn son.
“I was in a wooden box in the back of the fish market,” Giovanni said with a large grin.
When he grew up, he wanted to prove to himself, his father and the world that he could swim on his, the idea for the next business was born.
The idea of the wine bar came to Giovanni in the middle of the night.
“At 3 a.m., I had an idea for a hamburger joint,” he said. “By 3:30 a.m. it was a wine bar.”
Giovanni’s Fish Market is located at 1001 Front St. Stax Wine Bar is located at 1099 Embarcado.
**This story was published in The Tribune on Oct. 7, 2012**