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When Ralph Wood Jr. decided to open an upscale steak and seafood restaurant on the isolated Palos Verdes Peninsula in the mid-1960s, he was met with skepticism. Such a venture was sure to fail, he was told. Almost a half-century later, the Admiral Risty Restaurant has served nearly 4 million patrons since opening in October 1966, undergone three expansions, and has garnered awards and a reputation as a dining landmark on the Peninsula. Wood, who named the restaurant after his high school sweetheart and wife of 67 years, Barbara "Risty" Wood, died Sunday at the age of 90. Generations of loyal customers and "crew members" are expected to attend his memorial service at 3 p.m. Friday at St. Peter's by the Sea Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow.
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Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 30, 2015
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