In 1967...

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.

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(336) 273-3306

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