Making His Mark in Pittsburgh Restaurants
Mark F. Flaherty, one of the nation’s most prominent liquor lawyers, is passionate about Pittsburgh restaurants.BY HAL B. KLEIN,
When he was a kid, Mark F. Flaherty wanted to be a professional pianist. By age 9, the junior musician was wowing crowds in Pittsburgh and at his aunt and uncle’s Long Island supper club.
However, it was Flaherty’s other informal childhood occupation that had long-lasting implications. “When I was a little boy, my dad [Francis, an undercover enforcement officer for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board] would take my brother and me with him on stings,” he says.