The Acropolis Restaurant Story
All in the Family...
The Acropolis Restuarant has been a Greensboro tradition for 54 years! The Acropolis Restuarant is run by the Contogannis family who have shared traditional Geek cuisine and hospitality all who come to enjoy themselves!
Gus and Ellen Contogiannis moved to Greensboro from Latrobe, PA in the 1960’s. In 1967 they opened the Acropolis Restaurant, serving a menu full of a variety of Southern-style and “home cooked” meals. They served breakfast, lunch and dinner. Despite easily establishing their business and having a loyal clientele base, they dreamed of changing the menu to Greek food to reflect the name they gave the restaurant. Over time they received a lot of requests to cater Greek food and slowly slipped some Greek dishes onto the menu.
Then in 1980, Ellen and Jimmy made a bold move. The restaurant closed briefly in early 1980 for remodeling and everyone was busy also designing a new menu. Then in April 1980 the doors reopened and they displayed a Greek menu featuring recipes that had been passed down through many generations and reflected a full service Greek restaurant. The décor had been updated and made you feel like you might be in Greece. However they kept some of their most popular “American “dishes and the lunch specials that so many in Greensboro had come to expect. Their decision to renovate and change the menu reflected their dedication to stay in the downtown area and show their support of downtown rather than relocate at a time when many businesses were doing so. As these changes occurred, their son, Jimmy Contogiannis, came on board to continue the family tradition.
Over the years Ellen and Jimmy continued to develop and revise menu options as well as update the look of the restaurant. Old favorites have been kept and new dishes have been offered. Most of the original artwork remains but more have been added. We expanded our services to include catering of both Greek and non-Greek foods in the restaurant as well as off premises. A private dining room has been added to allow meetings, private parties, receptions and special celebrations. Over the years the restaurant has been awarded yearly “Best Greek” titles. Greensboro has embraced Greek cuisine as we had imagined. With the rejuvenation of downtown Greensboro over the past 15 years, we know that our decision to stay was correct.
Now we look to periodically update the menu, changing offerings and enjoying the popularity of foods reflecting the Mediterranean diet, as our society becomes more health conscious. The restaurant menu offers “lighter side” options as well as full dinners, bar specials and daily lunch and dinner specials. Options to purchase Greek deli items such as feta cheese, olives, hummus, stuffed grape leaves and many others will be offered for sale soon. Wi-Fi is available for customer use. But most importantly, we have resisted the temptation to purchase commercially available Greek products and serve them like some of the “Greek fast food” style restaurants that have opened over the past 5-10 years. You will still find authentic Greek dishes prepared from the finest and freshest ingredients, homemade and taking pride in preparing food that is healthy and delicious - that distinguishes us from the rest!