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Theo Katsihtis: From Politics To Seafood, All in One Round

Theo’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar, where ambiance is prevalent

■ BY BOB NICOLAIDES

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Can an economist make a successful restaurateur? The question certainly can be answered affirmatively since we have a glittery example at hand, that of young Theo Katsihtis, partner with his culinary specialist father Peter Katsihtis at Theo’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 1048 Third Avenue, (at the southwestern corner of 62nd Street,) who is the living proof of this fact!

At age 22, young Theo who holds degrees in Economics and Political Sciences from Boston University and from the Imperial College in London has attained the success that evades others at middle-age and beyond and this is due to his astute character, extraordinary perception and fast-learning nature. Needless to say that Theo, at age 20 dabbed in politics and has worked for London’s Conservative Party straight out of 10 Downing Street, under none other than British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Of his new career, all Katsihtis has to say is that he never thought while in London that he would go in this direction, but once he tried it and had it tested, there was resounding approval. “You need a certain measure of passion in order to keep it perfectly balanced,” he admits. And then he reflects: “We pride ourselves in what we do here for our clientele. This haute service we provide is a living thing. “

“Being in a residential area, our hours for lunch extend from noon to 4:30 pm and dinner from 5 pm to 10 pm. Since the neighborhood has gotten familiar with us from the time that we opened in mid-November of 2015, we fill about 20 to 25 of our tables for lunch.”

But it’s time to find out more about the establishment before we explore what and who motivate it.

Theo’s restaurant and Oyster Bar no doubt is the jewel in the crown of the Trump building, the north-western corner of which it occupies, its façade a continuous pane of glass. Entering from Third Avenue, one can’t help but be awed by the arrangement and color scheme. Done in shades of gray with accents of black, the 60-seat dining room comes alive with its overhead, oversized antique acid etched mirrors placed side by side in a slanted position on all three sides except that of the entrance. One such mirror located over the open kitchen which lies below has the oyster bar menu etched on it!

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Chandeliers known by the name of Soscik dangle in the center of the high ceilinged room and on the right side where the semi-circular slate-topped bar of the same gray shade is located and where a skylight above lets some of the outside light in. Columns rising from the floor towards the ceiling are also covered with the same shade slate.

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The issue of Liturgical Greek

How many people leave when they discover they cannot understand the Divine Liturgy?

■ BY ANDREW F. ESTOCIN (OrthodoxOutpost.com)

Imagine that you have been invited to class with an amazing teacher only to find that the teacher chooses to instruct students in a language that none of them understand. This is the experience of many people in the Orthodox Church. Every Sunday people encounter the Divine Liturgy but far too many fail to understand it because the Church chooses to worship in a language that is not spoken by its members. This is true of many Churches today including The Greek Orthodox Church and The Russian Orthodox Church.

How many people enter the front door of a parish every Sunday only to leave when they discover they cannot understand the Divine Liturgy?

Many different languages contribute to this problem in the United States. Liturgical Greek is one of them. No doubt some will rush to point out that the Church is bi-lingual but the reality is that a Divine Liturgy that is only partially understood is a liturgy that does not help people understand or pass along the gift of Orthodox Christianity. No parish can flourish by cutting its liturgical worship into pieces. Orthodox youth cannot form a healthy relationship with the Divine Liturgy by only understanding parts of it Sunday after Sunday.

Here are five facts that demonstrate that the present day use of Liturgical Greek is unhealthy for the Church:

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Διεθνής έκκληση: Ανοίξτε την Χάλκη!

Γιατί η Τουρκία θα αναγκαστεί να ανοίξει την Θεολογική Σχολή της Χάλκης χωρίς όρους και προϋποθέσεις.

■ ΤΟΥ ΛΕΩΝΙΔΑ ΚΟΥΜΑΚΗ

Η άµεση και άνευ όρων επαναλειτουργία της Θεολογικής Σχολής της Χάλκης αποτελεί αυτονόητη υποχρέωση της Τουρκίας που επιβάλλεται από το ίδιο το Σύνταγµα της, από τα άρθρα 37 – 44 της Συνθήκης της Λωζάνης, από τον Χάρτη των Ηνωµένων Εθνών και από τις βασικές αρχές για την Ασφάλεια και την Συνεργασία στην Ευρώπη

Έχουν συµπληρωθεί 45 χρόνια από τότε που η Τουρκική Κυβέρνηση αποφάσισε αυθαίρετα και αιφνιδιαστικά να φιµώσει την Θεολογική Σχολή της Χάλκης (1971-2016) ανακοινώνοντας το κλείσιµο της.

Έκτοτε στις δικαιολογηµένες διαµαρτυρίες του Οικουµενικού Πατριαρχείου Κωνσταντινουπόλεως (το Τουρκικό κράτος το θεωρεί απλό «Τουρκικό ίδρυµα» από τις 6/12/1923 µε την υπ΄ αριθµ. 1092 Νοµαρχιακή Κοινοποίηση) πρόβαλλε διάφορες έωλες δικαιολογίες: Η πρώτη ήταν ότι δήθεν δεν επιτρεπόταν η λειτουργία ανώτατων ιδιωτικών εκπαιδευτικών ιδρυµάτων την ίδια ακριβώς στιγµή κατά την οποία διάφορα ξένα ιδιωτικά κολλέγια λειτουργούσαν (και λειτουργούν) χωρίς κανένα απολύτως πρόβληµα.

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Restaurants, Diners, Coffee Shops, Properties for Sale - pp. 106-111

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