"From the Ground Up: Grow Where You’re Planted"
"Albania, nestled on the shores of the Adriatic Sea is less than 45 miles from Italy. Perhaps that is the inspiration that brought Chef Artur Pira from sunny Albania to sunny Richardson and where he founded his delightful Aboca’s Italian Grill in the Heights Shopping Center.
As he built his reputation for fine Italian cuisine, Artur was also building a second reputation as a strong supporter of the community in which he found himself planted. Stories were beginning to circulate among the nonprofit world of food provided by Artur and best of all, feeding a homeless woman every day of the year.
So imagine a gathering at the restaurant where he somehow managed to segue from dinner talk into making a wonderful gift for the Waterview Drive medians — six desert willow trees.
The back story is that years ago, we began to reimagine the plantings that distinguish the medians on Waterview Drive. Well over 50 years old, they were showing their age. Working with the city, we began to change out the plantings and hardscape. But we had lots more to do...."
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