Not a lot of people really have any idea what kind of work it takes in order to open up a successful restaurant in either Chicago, or really any big city in the United States. I can only imagine what some of my friends in Europe feel because the barriers there is opening your own business are pretty amazing. I had a friend named Nick who told me about a restaurant that he opened up in Athens about 20 years ago and he said that it was all very corruption based. I think not a lot has changed there. If you want to open up something that stood the test of time, you had to make sure that there were some pockets filled, and that you had just the right kind of protection in order to continue running your business successfully.
Chicago may not be the absolute picture of honest business, but all the other hand we certainly are not some of those places in Europe. Times do change a lot Chicago and I quite frankly am glad that I didn’t make a move to Los Angeles in the 1990s when I was thinking about it. Yes, I would probably have a far more expensive house and perhaps a little bit of a larger business, but at the same time I simply would not have had the kind of characters that have come into my restaurant over the years in Chicago.
That really for me is the beauty of Chicago. I mean, it’s where president Barack Obama is from, after all. So many of the greatest people in the world are from Chicago so I am very happy to make it my home. Reading a Greek restaurant has always seemed like something that I could really sink my teeth into, so when we are opening up over the next couple of months, you will begin to see my exact take on Greek cuisine in general. Is going to be a really good era I think, because I’ve been involved in several restaurants before, but never one that was truly my own: developed directly from my own thoughts and hopes and dreams.
But it will take some time. There will definitely be a lot of construction over the next couple of weeks as we announce exactly where we are going to end up. Sure, there are always going to be those detractors that say that our food is not as authentic as theirs, but I can tell you that we will offer one of the best experiences you can find as far as Greek food goes in Chicago.
My father once said that if you are going to run a business, you had better make sure that you love that business more than you love your firstborn. Well, I know that my son would probably pretty angry if he thought that was the case, let’s just say that this will be a very key passion in my life over the next while.
Thanks for staying interested in us. I’ll try to keep you updated with this website over the next while while we work out our menu and some of the other issues.