Parker County Today April 2018 - Page 9

A Consummate Texas Tycoon — But, He Isn’t Really From Texas L offered to sell 20 percent of the company to him for a mere $5,000 dollars (remember it was 1971). Micallef said, “But, somehow, I managed to scrape together the money.” The owners also wanted to move the company out of Michigan and away from its union work force. Micallef was always focused on Texas.  “Drew Springer was instrumental in our coming to Texas,” Micallef said. “When I was president of the Weatherford Industrial Plan, I went to see JAMAK and several other compa- nies,” Drew Springer said. “Burette Hobson was the mayor of Weatherford at the time and he was kind enough to take a piece of property that he owned, and as we found companies to occupy the land, he would sell the land to the city at a rock-bottom rate. The city would build the facility on it and lease it back to the company. It was good for Micallef and his company, but it was better for the city because JAMAK created a lot of good jobs for Weatherford and they’re still creat- ing them.”  His wife, Jane, was extremely supportive about the move from Michigan to Texas. But JAMAK probably would be operating from Mineral Wells today had Micallef not stopped at the Weatherford Dairy Queen on Palo Pinto Street on his way to check out a building in Mineral Wells. Always social, Micallef struck up a conversation with the man standing in line behind him. The man turned out to be Mark Reynolds, Weatherford’s city manager at the time. “He asked me what I was doing. I told him and he said, ‘Why don’t you come to Weatherford?’” Micallef said that would be nice but there’s no plant buildings for lease. Reynolds asked if Weatherford built a facility for JAMAK would they come? Micallef said, “yes.” He’d rather his plant be in Weatherford.  “Weatherford built the plant for me,” Micallef said. “I leased it from the city.” Although it has expanded several times, JAMAK’s headquarters remain in its original location in Weatherford and Micallef eventually became sole owner of the company. Besides Weatherford-based JAMAK, Micallef owns two Reata Restaurants, a catering business, several agricultural businesses (ranches and farms), a line of cookbooks, a cigar company and his latest venture, a deli that’s set to open late this spring in Fort Worth.  unch with Texas entrepreneur Al Micallef at his land- mark restaurant Reata is far more than a chat over chicken-fried, it’s a cultural and educational experience.  Despite his Texas-sized personality and heart, Micallef isn’t technically a Texan, not a native Texan, not in the st ɥѕЁ͕͔ѡѕɴ )!݅ͻeЁɸQ̰Ёѡѡȁݕɔ) ɱ́аM!ѽȁIɐ-쁉)ѡЁeЁѡ䁱́Qᅸ )5́ͥ䁱ٕQ́Ȁ́啅̰)éѥٔQᅸɥЁͥ+q$݅́ɸ͵ѽݸЁͥɽа)5tͅѡЁ́ѡȁݽɭ)ɐ5ѽȁ ́ѡȁѽݥ)ɕѵ̸q]$݅́ѱ$եЁх͕Ѐ)Ʌѡхѥ$ձЁ݅́IQ̰)ԁܰݥѠ])ḾѡA̸$)ѡ՝Ё$ٕQ̻t)!́ɕ́ݽɭɐѼ٥ѡݥ͔)ЁЁٕȁ͕Ѽѕͥ )5é́ȁɕ饹)ɕͽɍհ݅䁽Ёɝɱ䁥!)хѕ́Ё͕ͥ́́ݸѥ)ѡЁͼՙɕЁѡظ%Ё݅́)ɕѡЁͥѕ͕ȁͅ)ͽȁѼȰѽѥ́ɽՍ́ɽչ́ѱ)ɕ݅]ձͅ䃊qtѼѡ=ѡȁѡհ)ٕͥ́ɕ́ݕQ䁥Ց)х́ ѡ͍ЁЁȁѡյȁݼ)ݕ́ɔՉ͍ͼЁյхЁ)ѡѥѥͽمЁѽɕɽ)ЁȁѼѡɽѽɔݡɔݽɭ́)ͅ)9ٕȁ͍5݅́՝)ٕɔ̸ͥ)=݅́͡ݥѠѡՑ䁽͍)5ݕЁѼݽɬȁ䁽ݹ䁡)ɥé䁍ɽЁMIՉȁ 쁥)ՙɕՉȁɽՍ̸5ѡ)Qɔ݅́䁽ɽPѡ݅)չɥ+ 5ͅq$хѕչѵаЁ)eЁхٕ䁱ɔ$хٕȁѡ)ݡлt)Q݅́ɍ͕ѡɕ啅́ѕȁ),4Aѥ́āɕ)5,%)ѡ܁ݹ́ɽѕ5Ѽ4ѡ(