In Profile: William Dipreta

Papa Willie’s Italian Eatery, 921 S. Highway 160, Suite 402, 775-910-3766

Age: 65

Years in business: “We have been in Pahrump now for 9 years.”

Background: “We are a family business and we serve Italian food. I have been in business in Pahrump since 2007 and we have been living in Pahrump since 1993. In the 60s through the 80s I worked in the business in New Jersey with others and then for myself. I then got off the restaurant business and moved out west. I lived in California, working for various companies and then came to Pahrump. My family started an Italian restaurant again after I had a conversation with my son.”

First job: “I worked in New Jersey and my first job was working at an Italian restaurant.”

Personal: “I like spending time with the family. I spend a lot of time with the grandchildren. I guess another enjoyment I have is sports betting but now that I work for myself, I never have any money.”

Business climate: The business climate in Pahrump is tough. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone simply because it’s difficult to compete against the casinos in this town. Why eat here and spend $30 when you can eat at the casino for next to nothing. If I was younger, I would never choose this town to open up a restaurant. I would go somewhere else. It’s even tougher now because of all the franchises that moved into Pahrump. When I first came here there were no franchises here — all family businesses.”

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