I’d like to take this opportunity to write something about a man named Michael Cocca.
Michael Cocca owns Franklin Plaza in Troy, NY. Â For those of you who have never heard of Franklin Plaza , it’s an unbelievably beautiful event hall in an old, beautiful bank in Troy, NY. Â And if I didn’t want to get married on a farm with a BBQ, I’d get married there.
I’ve been to a few weddings at Franklin Plaza, and a handful of fundraising events, and every single time the event is off the charts nice. Â A few years ago, two friends of mineÂ (Jimmy & Demetra)Â got married at Franklin Plaza. Â Demetra, and I love her to death, is a control freak. Â But in the best possible way. Â She knows what she likes. Â She doesn’t mind paying for it. Â But if she wants it, and she paid for it, you better give it to her. Â And she has excellent taste, to boot.
Demetra has nothing but the best things to say about her wedding at Franklin Plaza, and I’m sure everyone who was at that wedding would agree with me when I say, it was one of the greatest weddings I’ve ever been to in my life.
Let’s rewind the tape. Â Michael Cocca owns Franklin Plaza in Troy, NY.
I met Michael Cocca through another friend of mine, whose name also happens to be Mike. Â Mike and I don’t really talk that much anymore because I behaved poorly a few years back and he’s rightfully upset at me. Â Â But one of the many good things that came out of my friendship with Mike, was meeting Michael Cocca.
Michael Cocca is a sweetheart. Â He’s what you describe as having “good energy”. Â He operates, and I believe still does the cooking for, the colossal machine that is Franklin Plaza. Â He should be walking around town acting like he’s the shit, but instead, he’s always happy and sincere and thoughtful. Â And talking to him is like talking to someone I’ve known forever.
I respect guys like Michael Cocca who have been in the service business for many years, and they put their blood, sweat and tears into their product, and do it with a smile.
I don’t really know why I’m writing about him. Â I guess it’s because someone mentioned his name to me earlier today, and the thought of him made me happy. Â He’s just a great guy, and I hope one day I have the level of respect that Michael has from everyone in the community.