The Crosslake Ideal Lions Club awarded another recipient the Melvin Jones Award - Maucieri’s Italian Bistro, which has a long history In Crosslake and with the Lions Club.

The late Anthony Maucieri Sr. was in the military at Fort Ripley and fell in love with northern Minnesota. Originally from Chicago, he moved his family to Crosslake and purchased Echo Ridge in 1974. He sold it in 2000 and five years later purchased Maucieri’s. Maucieri and daughter Dawn worked closely together to build the reputation of Maucieri’s, incorporating recipes passed down from his family.

Before moving to Crosslake, Maucieri was an active Lions member in Chicago. Upon moving to Crosslake he became an active member in the Crosslake Ideal Lions Club as a charter member. The entire family has devoted their lives to their family legacy. Dawn not only works diligently at the restaurant, but also donates her time to the Chamber of Commerce, WinterFest, Christmas for Kids, Crosslake Ideal Lions Club and Crosslake Days.

Her brother, Tony, also works at Maucieri’s in an administrative role. His three sons - Jordon, Josh and Easton - have also worked in this family business.

When asked what made Maucieri’s such a popular restaurant in the area, Dawn attributed it to the family focus.

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“Dad had a big personality and everyone loved him - that was the legacy," she said.

The Melvin Jones Award is the most prestigious award given within the Lions organization based on sponsors who contribute to the efforts of local Lions clubs. Maucieri’s Italian Bistro not only hosts monthly meetings, but financially contributes to the many causes sponsored by the Crosslake Ideal Lions Club.