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New gunfight plaque honors longtime restaurant owner’s late son - The Galveston County Daily News : Local News

November 21, 2014

New gunfight plaque honors longtime restaurant owner’s late son

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:20 am

GALVESTON — Sonny’s Place, known for hamburgers, clean language and a 1971 robbery that turned into a gunfight, has a new plaque in memory of Lawrence “Larry” Puccetti III, the owner’s son, who died in October.

The date was Oct. 22, 1971, when Sonny’s Place, a famous local restaurant that has been on the island since 1944, was accosted by three men who drew guns from brown paper bags and robbed the eatery and its 28 customers inside. The assailants quickly fled, however, when owner Lawrence “Junior” Puccetti II was handed a .38-caliber pistol by his son Larry and fired several shots at them, turning the peaceful family restaurant at 1206 19th St. into a scene resembling the O.K. Corral. 

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