Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

, / 0

A Place at the Table

MOHAI | February 7 - May 31, 2015

A PLACE AT THE TABLE, an exhibit by GREEKS IN WASHINGTON is presented in partnership with Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI).  The exhibit traces the history of over 200 Greek-owned restaurants in Seattle, Washington, and another 100 restaurants throughout the State.  The Greek-GreekRest_TitleAmerican Historical Museum of Washington State, also known as Greeks in Washington, has spent the past two years conducting video interviews with, restaurateurs and collecting photos and memorabilia for this exhibit.

A Place at the Table will run from its opening on February 7 until May 31, 2015 providing MOHAI visitors with the opportunity of experiencing this rich history.  Opening day features a variety of activities for children and their families.

The exhibit is a chronological presentation of the Greek restaurant business beginning with immigrants LEARNING THE BUSINESS.  As authentic Greek cuisine was recognized and ethnic backgrounds became accepted, OPA! GREEK CUISINE FEEDS THE MAINSTREAM. Greek restaurants are PART OF AMERICA NOW, some with modern and trendy themes, others serving popular American fare while many maintain and expand upon the original Greek recipes.

GREEK RESTAURANT FRONT ENTRY 1 PLAKA ESTATORIA, BALLARDVisitors will enter through the door of the Main Street Café, one of those early restaurants which served typical American food.  They will view a replica of a restaurant counter with a variety of related artifacts lining the back bar.

Over 100 photos of restaurants from the early part of the 1900s to the present are displayed.  The exhibit also includes video segments of Greek restaurateurs telling their stories.  One can hear Greek music in the background while the many artifacts bring back memories of visiting and eating at these historic sites.

In addition, the exhibit features sections about RELATED BUSINESSES serving the restaurants and JOHNS PLACE (l-r) John Ladas, Kyriakos Ladas aka Shorty, George Ladas, Seattle, early 1900s - courtesy Vasilia Papadakis KOLIVAFOOD AND THE CHURCH which shows how the Greek business experience has been intertwined with the culture and religion from the time of early immigration to the present.

Visitors will also have the opportunity of viewing MOHAI’s amazing facility in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.  In addition to A Place at the Table, admission to MOHAI includes the permanent exhibits of Maritime Seattle, Bezos Center for Innovation and True Northwest: The Seattle Journey and many other displays and temporary exhibits.  For information on fees, parking and directions see

logo                       image001