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Restaurateur Payne remembered for his high standards

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Restaurant owner Robert L. Payne will live on through The Bear’s Steakhouse and his Capital Region disciples and in classrooms around the country. “I used [Payne’s] examples in my classes all the time,” said Toby Strianese, who has been teaching in Schenectady County Community College’s culinary program for almost four decades. Strianese not only talks about Payne; he wrote a textbook with his wife that features Payne’s skills as a restaurant owner. Payne died Tuesday ...

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