Drag's family shares in Palzkill's success as Restaurateur of the Year

Draganetti’s celebrated women in the business and two recent awards on July 25. Pictured, from left, are Alyssa Krueger, one of the service staff; Kathy “Kat” Colon, kitchen manager who won the regional Best of the Back of the House Award; Marissa (Mars) Eddins, former general manager; Joanne Palzkill, co-owner and winner of the Wisconsin Restaurateur of the Year award; Lauren Green, director of operations; and Samantha (Sam) Raspotnik, general manager. Missing are Claudia Draganowski and John Draganowski, co-owners; and many of the other staffers who help keep the restaurants running.

The recent announcement that the Wisconsin Restaurant Association’s Restaurateur of the Year is Joanne Palzkill, co-owner of Draganetti’s Ristorante and Za 51 of Altoona, has the whole Draganowski clan celebrating her success.

Palzkill is the sixth of seven Draganowski siblings who were raised in the restaurant business. She told Tom Giffey of “Volume One” a culture and entertainment magazine, “We all pretty much starting working in the restaurant business as soon as we could see over the counter.”

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