Taking his talents south

Bobby Fader, longtime general manager of Tivoli Terrace and Tivoli Too, accepts new job at a hotel in San Diego.

October 27, 2011|By Barbara Diamond
  • Outgoing Tivoli Terrace manager Bobby Fader gets a hug from a well-wisher during his goodbye party Wednesday.
Outgoing Tivoli Terrace manager Bobby Fader gets a hug… (DON LEACH, Coastline…)

Friends and admirers of Bobby Fader gathered Wednesday to wish him well in his new job that will take him away from Laguna, but what they really wished was that he wasn't going.

After 20 years of catering events at Tivoli Terrace and Tivoli Too, Fader has accepted a job at a hotel in San Diego. No one at the farewell party wanted to see him go.

"It think this is a major loss," Councilman Kelly Boyd said.

Patrick Walker, who has worked under Fader's direction on and off at the two Tivolis for seven years, will succeed him.

"Laguna won't be the same without Bobby Fader," said Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson. "He has been part of our family."

Pageant of the Masters Director Dee Dee Challis Davy said Fader is a charmer who will be missed.

"He represented Tivoli Terrace," Challis Davy said. "I think every important event in my life was here, starting with graduation from high school."


Representatives of the arts, the business community and the city attended the party. Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau Executive Director Judy Bijlani presented Fader with a Sue Thompson painting titled "Only the Best."

The crowd was invited to sign the mat around the painting.

Bureau President Karyn Philippsen told a story about a young Bobby Fader, better told than written. But suffice it to say, Fader learned the hard way that golfers do not want china cups and linen napkins when they verbally request a tee time.

Arts Commissioner Pat Kollenda recalled another highlight of Fader's career when he appeared in a Festival of Arts fashion show.

"I will never forget Bobby in a wedding gown," Kollenda said.

Fader starts his new job next week.

"I am joining The Inn at the Park Hotel — a beautiful San Diego boutique hotel that was recently purchased by Shell Vacations — to help with their food and beverage operations," Fader said. "I look forward to all my friends stopping by to say hi."

There is hardly a charitable or nonprofit organization in town that he has not befriended.

He should have known from the day the Neptunes interviewed him that he'd be planning events for animal protective groups in town.

"I remember it being the strangest interview," Fader said. "I had the pleasure of meeting June and Terry many times prior, but when I went to interview with them I ended up spending the entire time on the floor playing with their dogs."

"Perhaps the best move I ever made was joining June and Terry Neptune at Tivoli Terrace in 1989," Fader said.

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