To Red Bandana,
It sure seems as if you have a personal grudge against Garcia's and Ralph in particular. Not only that, so much of your rant is incorrect, misleading or just a downright lie. I was an every night customer and beacme an employee who delivered from Landau Place, managed at Bromley Hall and helped build Wright Street. Ralph and Joe were both excellent employers and friends.
Seven years after graduating from U of I, I opened my own Garcia's style pizza place in Chicago's north suburbs. Both Ralph and Joe were unbelievably helpful with advice and suggestions from the day I opened and for years after that. They never were angry about me copying their style and they never asked for a penny for all of their help throughout the years. I was more than happy to help them 20 years later when the were doing a yearly festival in Decatur because they were always so helpful to me. Not only was my pizza similar to Garcia's but I patterned my management style after the Flying Tomato Brothers and I can assure you that I can include over 95% of all of my past employees as friends. My restaurants had 22 successful years while I owned them and when I sold the last of them to my 2 managers in 2003. Our quality and consistyency was a North Shore favorite for all of those 22 years. After I sold it, the new owners did their best to maintain all of our best qualities for an additional 6 years until the economy forced them to quietly leave the industry.
I'd like to say thanks to Ralph and Joe because not only were they helpful and inspiring to me, they also were the basis for Rocky Ricoco which originated in Wisconsin and Leonardo's which was in Gainesville, Florida.
Sincerely, Cheese To Please Pizza