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Food & dining

Owner of The Galway House used to be a regular

Even though he now owns The Galway House in Jamaica Plain, Ed Lanzillo considers himself the longest-tenured regular of the bar, a local institution since 1962. “Before I was old enough to drink I was hanging around here,” says the 62-year-old, who grew up in the neighborhood. Lanzillo started managing the food operation in 1980 and then six years ago he became sole owner. “The previous owner, he was Italian, as am I, and he just named it [The Galway House] because back then all the bars had an Irish name and it just stuck,” he says. “So when I took it over, someone said, ‘Are you going to change the name?’ And I said, ‘Of course I’m not. We’re pretty famous.’ ”

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