Born in 1958 John grew up on Van brunt in Northeast Kansas City. He graduated from Northeast High School and then attended Penn Valley Community College and the University of Missouri in Columbia. He is currently an Eagle Scout, was President of the Student Council and attended Boys State representing Northeast High School. He loved growing up in Northeast with lots of Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and friends living on their block and throughout the neighborhood. It was a real community with one of his favorite quotes being “it takes a village to raise a child” and acknowledging that the Northeast had a hand in his upbringing.
He started his business career in Northeast beginning at “J & B Asphalt Paving, Stars and Stripes Forever Flag Co.” and worked at his mother’s drive in restaurant “Hav-A-Snak” before following in his Father’s footsteps and becoming a restaurant man at the “Italian Gardens”. He began at the Gardens in the kitchen learning how to cook, then to the bar mentored by his Uncle Mike DiCapo and finally becoming general manager under the guidance of his Uncle Vince DiCapo and his dad. Growing up at the Gardens was magical. He was able to meet celebrities, sports figures and local politicians, on a daily basis, and of course served some of the best Italian food in the world.
In the late 1990’s as downtown was in a depressed state and his dad decided to retire, John decided to make a move as well, from the Gardens, to open DiCapo Foods; a wholesale food manufacturing company producing Jim’s Famous Hot Tamales, Rongini rice balls, and Italian Cookies. Well, as you know, 25 years later they are still making the cookies, but John’s focus is now steering him in a new direction. As his food career is winding down, he NOW wants to give back to the city which has given him so much.
His Mother, Sugie (Donnici) DiCapo, and his dad, Carl J. DiCapo, have always been there for him along his life’s journey and have taught him many life lessons that he will always cherish. His Dad’s LOVE of Kansas City and his participation in many community groups, rising to lead most, and becoming the Man to call when you’re in need. As well as his mom’s love and dedication to family and friends who she always has, and will continue to, go the extra mile for.
John will be the first to say he has been very fortunate to have such a wonderful family and city supporting him and, in his mind, it’s time to step up and return the favor. Kansas City and Community, John David DiCapo is ready to help…
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