After 36 years on Kirkland Avenue downtown, George’s Place is already a beloved institution among this city’s residents. But the popular restaurant’s fame might spread a bit wider Sunday with the airing of a piece by the Web site Big Eats, Small Spots.
Host Lawrence Taplin is a former Metro bus driver who decided to highlight the great small restaurants along his routes. We’re not sure if he ever drove his bus around Kirkland. But a few weeks ago he stopped in at George’s to interview members of the family who founded the place, Froni Mangouras and her son Pete, who now owns George’s with his partner and longtime friend Derek McKenzie.
Froni’s late husband George Mangouras, a native of the Greek island of Ikaria in the Aegean Sea, founded George’s in 1976. Today it's an eclectic spot with traditional American breakfasts, lunches and dinners, along with a great selection of the family's fantastic Greek recipes.
Kirkland Patch helped celebrate the 35th anniversary of George's with a photo gallery of the celebration back in August of 2011 -- see it here.
So Taplin was shown around the kitchen where Froni works her magic, and the results can be seen Sunday here: http://www.bigeatssmallspots.com/.