Vermont nightclub and restaurant owner

Passing Date: 
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Tony Perry died on January 21, 2017 in Vail, Colorado of complications of melanoma. A successful entrepreneur, his Five Flys nightclub and Sirloin Saloon restaurant were longtime après-ski hotspots in Manchester, Vermont. He was 79.

Perry was born in May 1937 in Greenwich, Connecticut and spent his early years in Stowe and Manchester, where his mother owned the Colburn House hotel (now the Northshire Bookstore). He graduated from the University of Denver with a hotel management degree.

In 1964, Perry opened the Five Flys in Manchester, with live music and dancing, and then reinvented the business as the Sirloin Saloon. By the time he sold his company in 1999, he owned a chain of restaurants from Burlington, Vermont to Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The “Sirloin” in Manchester, a local landmark, closed in December 2011.

Perry is survived by his wife, Teri Gigure Perry. —Greg Sukiennik (Manchester Journal)

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