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  • 8 April 2019 at 13 : 39 PM

    From the Publisher

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    FROM THE PUBLISHER   P.S. ΜΑΚRΙΑS More than 2 million cups per week For our cover story, Constantine Kolitsas revisits acclaimed New York coffee roasters Vassilaros & Sons, as the company begins a new chapter after the untimely passing of John Vassilaros, the larger-than-life third generation of family members to run the ...

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  • 8 April 2019 at 13 : 31 PM

    Vassilaros & sons Celebrates a Centennial

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    The Name That’s Not On the Cup – Yet Vassilaros & sons Celebrates a Centennial, and sets Course for the Future ■ By Constantine n. Kolitsas Their coffee has fueled New York’s movers and shakers, workers, politicians, first responders and businessmen for a century.  It’s given energy to the workers that erected the George Washington ...

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  • 8 April 2019 at 12 : 50 PM

    Cutting Back on Servers to Save Labor

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    MANAGING FOR SUCCESS - By CONSTANTINE N. KOLITSAS Business Coach IN New York City, the government just gave another big pay increase to low wage employees with the minimum wage increase to $15.00 that went into effect in January.  Of course, the rising minimum wage had a sea-level shift for all wages as experienced line cooks demanded more ...

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  • 8 April 2019 at 11 : 59 AM

    Περιμένοντας την Ανάσταση

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    Πασχαλινό  Διήγημα του  Διονύση ε.  Κονταρίνη EIXE πάρει να σκοτεινιάζει σαν κάθισε σε μια καρέκλα η γιαγιά - Ρηνιώ, για να ξεκουραστεί, αποκαμωμένη από την κούραση όλης της μέρας. Από νωρίς το πρωί ...

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  • 8 April 2019 at 11 : 35 AM

    Περιορισμός του αριθμού των σερβιτόρων  για τη μείωση του εργατικού κόστου

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    Του ΚΩΝΣΤΑΝΤΙΝΟΥ ΚΟΛΙΤΣΑ ΣΤΗΝ πόλη της Νέας Υόρκης, η τοπική αυτοδιοίκηση ψήφισε πρόσφατα άλλη μια μεγάλη αύξηση  για τους χαμηλόμισθους εργάτες, ανεβάζοντας τον κατώτατο μισθό στα $15,00 την ώρα. ...

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  • 10 March 2019 at 11 : 32 AM

    It’s the Year of the Gyro –  and Olympia Foods Is Ready

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    COVER STORY ESTIATOR  TOURS THE GREEK PRODUCT GIANT’S NEW FACILITY FOR AMERICA’S NEWEST FOOD  LOVE AFFAIR By  CONSTANTINE N. KOLITSAS   JANUARY is a time for predictions and plans; a time when we take stock of The Year That Was and look forward to The Year Ahead.  At Estiator, we predict 2019 will be The Year of the Gyros; and our ...

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  • 10 March 2019 at 10 : 35 AM

    A Life Devoted to Restaurateurs in Chicago

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    STAN GREANIAS SPEAKS TO ESTIATOR Interview with P.S. Makrias We recently contacted our old friend Stanley Greanias, a veteran, high-level executive whose career was spent in the center of the food industry in Chicago. Stan responded eagerly, and his interview follows. He participated in the first-ever convention of restaurant owners organized by ...

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  • 10 March 2019 at 10 : 57 AM

    Tales of Gyro and Pita

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    ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHICAGO... Olympia Foods FOOD has always been a huge part of America’s lore and its culture.  As the “melting pot” of the world (or is “mosaic” the more widely-accepted metaphor today?), the foods that Americans eat have always been influenced by the people that have come to the country and made it great.  There are museums ...

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  • 10 March 2019 at 10 : 54 AM

    The Power of the Many

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    New Purchasing Co-Op Chairman Set Sights on Compliance AN INTERVIEW WITH GARA’S STEVE THEOFANOUS Just a few months  into his term, the newly-elected Chairman of Chicagoland’s Greek American Restaurant Association Cooperative (the largest organization of its kind in the U.S.) talks about the organization’s future and his plans to improve its ...

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  • 10 March 2019 at 10 : 09 AM

    The Winds of Changing Greek Cuisine

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    By  CONSTANTINE N. KOLITSAS TRADITION AND EVOLUTION ON CHICAGO’S RESTAURANT SCENE Riding the tailwinds created by America’s love affair with Greek yogurt, the nation’s Greek restaurants are being rediscovered in a new light by diners from Bangor to Brentwood.  But as most Greek Americans will concede, the city where Greek cuisine is most deeply ...

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  • 10 March 2019 at 10 : 58 AM

    From the Publisher

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    FROM THE PUBLISHER   P.S. ΜΑΚRΙΑS  WITH our March issue, Estiator pays a special visit to Chicagoland, which I consider to be the Metropolis of Greek Cuisine. The nation’s Second City was the first to introduce Greek street food to a hungry American public. On our recent visit there, we spoke with several pioneers who have shaped the ...

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  • 10 March 2019 at 10 : 32 AM

    Speaking With a Single Voice

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    MANAGING FOR SUCCESS By CONSTANTINE N. KOLITSAS, Business Coach PARTNERSHIPS can be a great way to grow a business more quickly, with two or more individuals having a vested interest in the success of an operation.  One’s strength can complement the other’s weakness, and the burdens of running a business can be split, keeping the principals fresh ...

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  • 10 March 2019 at 09 : 23 AM

    New Arrivals – March 2019

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    A coast-to-coast glance at some of the industry’s newest additions   M E X I CO [Eclecticos Restaurant and Bar] Pulpitos 120-A, Zona Romántica - Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico // eclecticosvallarta.com Owner Natalie Herling, a New Yorker who has lived in Puerto Vallarta for eight years, opened this busy upscale eatery in mid-December, ...

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