You don’t win a Nobel Prize without a great work ethic.
And for generations, teenagers learned how to work at the Arrow restaurant.
It paid off for countless local youngsters. Including Billy Kaelin.
The Fairfield youth — and his 3 brothers — all worked there as busboys.
Yesterday, Dr. William G. Kaelin Jr. was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.
Kaelin — a professor at Harvard Medical School — shared science’s greatest honor with 2 others. They researched how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability. The work has implications for cancer and other diseases, such as anemia, myocardial infarction and stroke.
Tommy Nistico — a member of the legendary, beloved family that owned the Saugatuck institution for years (originally on Saugatuck Avenue, then located at the current site of Mystic Market) — posted the news on Facebook.
He noted that Kaelin and his 3 brothers all attended Duke University. The younger siblings are now lawyers.
The Arrow restaurant nourished decades of hungry Westporters. Along the way, it also fed the hunger of a young boy to work hard, and make his mark on the world.
Kaelin will receive his Nobel Prize in December, in Stockholm.
Too bad the Arrow is no longer around to cater the event.
(Hat tip: Fred Cantor)