In 1953 a teenage boy from Karpenisi, living in the mountains of wartime Greece, had his chance to move to America and make his dreams come true.
As a son of a butcher he knew he had a skill that would help him survive in the United States. He moved to Kingston, NC to stay with a cousin. When he saw an opportunity to move to New York City he jumped at the chance. There he would take on a job working at a restaurant called Mama Leone’s and go to school part-time. In 1956 the Korean War broke out and as an American citizen he was drafted for two years. After finishing his duties as a soldier he went back to Greensboro, NC to collect the rest of his belongings and move back to New York.
During that short stay in NC he fell in love with a beautiful young Greek girl originally from Samos and decided to marry her. They tried to start their life in New York but the crazy lifestyle of New York City was too much for his new wife. After deciding to move back to Greensboro he started working in restaurants in High Point. In 1962 he decided to open up his own restaurant with a friend but when he couldn’t bring his vision to life with a partner he decided to take all he knew and make his dream come true by himself.
In 1968 he opened one of Greensboro’s best known establishments, The Flamenco Restaurant. Even though the Flamenco is long gone we all still enjoy the flavor of his dream here at The Pavilion Restaurant.