submitted by James Gavriles on 04.06.2004
My father on the left Nicholas Gavriles, with one of his cooks, Mike ,in front of the Atlas Cafe, in the 1920's Highland Park, Michigan
submitted by Peter Tsicalas on 23.05.2004
My wife, a true-blue Murgon girl, has this and the following Murgon photos in her inherited collection. She reckons Danny Vanarey was the first to bring Greek cooking to Murgon in 1921 when he took up one of the new suite of shops built by a bloke named Carrodus (is this Greek?). A couple of years later George Black arrived to give him a few pointers, taking over the business in 1927 when Danny decided his talents lay as a draper in the adjacent shop.
In 1932 they went into partnership to buy the freehold of the 4 shops and Carrodus’ private residence in the street behind - where George lived. (Danny had a separate large house and grounds nearby, which became Murgon’s favoured venue for garden parties over many years.)
George passed the cafe to his nephew Peter Lahanas in the late 1950s and established a newsagency in his shop next door, creating a Greek Quarter in Murgon’s CBD.
George and Danny retired in about 1970 and returned to Kythera, but Danny couldn’t handle the plumbing and came back shortly afterwards.
[George’s brother Jack had a café up the road at Goomeri (See photo at the State Library of QLD photo site.) Jack died in 1947 and his sons Jim and Manuel took over the business. His other sons, Zachary (Jack) and George, stayed with uncle George for a while before moving off to Casino to work for their uncle Tony Calopades, subsequently buying the business.]
Peter Lahanas sold up in about 1975, so ending Murgon’s Greek adventure, but his home made pineapple crush is still talked about. (Psst: Susan taught his daughter at Murgon Primary and many years later they serendipitously found themselves sharing a Uni class – ‘a lovely girl’ she has just called out. That’ll cost.)
submitted by James Gavriles on 17.04.2004
My Uncle Ted D. Gavrilys's restaurant in Coffeyville, Kansas. In the 1950's
Having moved from Detroit to Coffeyville, Kansas ,during the depression, where his Father-In Law , Gus Coukoulis had settled at the turn of the century, he opened this restaurant up and was very successful.
submitted by James Gavriles on 08.04.2004
Inside my Father's,Nicholas Gavriles, cafe, one of the cooks and one of the waitress's pose for the picture in the 20's
My Father , Nicholas Gavriles ,in the middle with several of his friends in front of the Atlas Cafe, in Highland Park, Michigan 1925
Atlas Cafe 1920's Highland Park, Michigan .Owned by my Father ,Nicholas Gavriles
My Father, Nicholas Gavriles, and several relatives outside the Atlas Cafe in Highland Park, Michigan 1919
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