The brothers, Joan says, started out with a five-year lease. "That was my husband's promise--'I'm just going to get in the business, we're gonna be there for about five years, and then we'll be gone.'
"'I said, 'Okay, fine.''' Five years are up. He says, 'You know, we really should buy it.' So I said, 'I should have known--I should have been able to read between the lines.'"
But looking back, she says, "Going from milk to beer was a smart move." Fifty years later, the family business, Fraser's Pub, is still going strong.
"It turned into a real working-class bar when Red and Jimmy bought it," recalls Realtor Phil Conlin. "A blue-collar construction workers' stop."
Businessmen like Conlin who worked nearby would come in, too. "They all mixed pretty well, actually," recalls John's sister Jan.