The Loguercio family has seen good times and bad from behind the 24-seat counter at Chili John’s in Burbank since 1990. They say they are better people for the experience, but with rising food costs and the loss of a patriarch, the family faces a big decision deadline that has come and gone.
Debra Loguercio and her 22-year old son, Alec Loguercio, have been working full time keeping the burners lit for several years since the real passion behind Chili John’s, Debra’s husband, Gene Loguercio, became ill and lost a tough battle with pancreatic cancer.
The mother-and-son team promised Gene as his health was failing that they would run the restaurant for two years before deciding whether to keep it, and the two-year anniversary of Gene’s death was April 13.
Debra Loguercio said she is grateful that Chili John’s supported their whole extended family since 1990, and another family 45 years before that.