Unsung Hero #201

Last month, alert — and hungry — “06880” reader Marc Frankel drove by JR’s Deli & Grille.

He saw a “Closed” sign. He panicked.

Then he got close. With relief, he read the small print: The popular Riverside Avenue spot wasn’t closing for good. It was just taking a well-deserved couple of days off after 16 months of working tirelessly through the pandemic.

Eric Johnson

From the sign, Marc says, it sounded like owner Eric Johnson got married some time ago. He was so busy keeping Westport fed during COVID that he never had a chance to celebrate with his family and friends.

“If hw has been going full-speed for a year and a half without getting to celebrate his wedding, could I please nominate Eric Johnson at JR’s Deli as an Unsung Hero?” Marc asks.

Of course! And not only for Eric’s non-stop work during the pandemic, but for all he’s done, for all these years. Eric keeps Westport happily fed, and creates a congenial community while doing so.

Thanks, Eric. And thank you Marc, for noticing.

(To nominate an Unsung Hero, email dwoog@optonline.net)

5 responses to “Unsung Hero #201

  1. Sal liccione

    Eric is a wonderful person I I no very and his family he would do anything for anyone and his wonderful wife Diana there like family to me they would do anything for the town of Westport from sal liccione

  2. Robbie Guimond

    Eric and his team are the best, they support community efforts and locals at every turn. Congrats Eric and Diana!!! Our family hopes your family had the best time celebrating.

  3. Gerald F. Romano, Jr.

    Eric is a happy professional person, always there to serve you.
    Thank you Eric!
    Gerald F. Romano, Jr.

  4. Janine Scotti

    So a few years ago when we were in Ischia visiting our family at the beach at the next section of chairs was Eric and his buddy. I was hitting Pietro saying look look look, there’s a girl putting sunscreen on Eric, and we proceeded to chat with them daily and we’re hopeful that there was a romance in the air.
    There was and we also are so happy for Eric and Diana! See you at the beach in Italy soon hopefully!

  5. A true friend and always there for everyone !
    Love you brother !👍🍺❤️