“He put Dayton on the map in the world of jazz,” Leppla said of Gillotti, with whom he’s since become good friends.
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Activity at the club has slowed since Gillotti, 80, was the victim of an attack during a robbery in 2016. Tom Gillotti, Jerry’s brother, has kept things together since the attack, running the day-to-day operations while his brother continues to recover. No one has been arrested for the crime.
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Jerry Gillotti with Gilly’s marquee. File photo
Last year Jerry, a 2013 Dayton Walk of Fame inductee, told this news outlet he intended to return as soon as possible but was also considering selling the business if the right buyer could be found. However, for now, Gilly's will head into its 46th year under the same owner.
“That’s what I do, who I am,” Gillotti told us previously.
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“(Gilly’s) is part of the fabric of Dayton,” Leppla said. “There’s a reason he’s there in the Walk of Fame with the Wright brothers, Paul Lawrence Dunbar and people like that.”