SLIDESHOW: Lights! Camera! Action! Sugar Bowl movie makes a splashy premier
Have you ever wondered about the story behind the extensive holiday decor at the Sugar Bowl?
Or wondered just how long the Mazza family has been feeding Darien breakfast — and lunch (but not dinner - it's a luncheonette!)
Wonder no more. John La Rock has created a 15 minute documentary on the history of the Sugar Bowl and longtime owner Bob Mazza's family history. Bob's mother, Edna, began the Sugar Bowl in 1958, and Bob points out in the movie she worked hard enough for 25 years to buy the business, the building and her house.
"She was a smart lady," he says.
Bob didn't start out as the man behind the counter — his first career path led him to the merchandising side of the retail business, including Lord & Taylor and Bergdorf Goodman. When his mother became ill, Bob's father asked him to come back and help for "a few weeks."
"P.S. I've been here 39 years," he said.
Bob outlines his day — he arrives about 4:45 a.m. daily to begin prep. He estimates the Sugar Bowl goes through about 600 lbs of bacon 3,500 eggs per weekend.
As for the decorations — Bob said it stems from how he decorates his own home for the holidays. "More is more" is his motto.
The movie also provides a lot of customer commentary, including First Selectman Jayme Stevenson and Selectman Susan Marks. We also get to see the upstairs tenants, including Hung Well Signs.
His philanthropy is also highlighted - including collecting toys for children's hospitals, and donating to local Darien causes. That dedication earned him the community service award at the Darien Old Timers' Dinner last year.
The movie was recently given the full premiere treatment, including offering Bob an "Oscar," and a cocktail reeption at St. John's Church.
The Darien Times is happy to be a part of the Sugar Bowl family — Bob and his team have graciously hosted its Thursday breakfasts for nearly 20 years.
What most customers, and Bob, say makes the Sugar Bowl different is the personal connection — he gets to know everyone who walks through the door.
The movie is viewable above and is also viewable on the Sugar Bowl website.