Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State

Making a Living

The Greeks in Washington supported themselves and their families as entrepreneurs, professionals, artists, musicians and in public service.

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From February 7 to May 31 2015, the Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State, in partnership with MOHAI (Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry) held an exhibit entitled “A PLACE AT THE TABLE; over 100 years of Greek restaurants, culture and the entrepreneurial spirit.” For those who were unable to view the exhibit, or those who would like to revisit A Place at the Table, the following five video segments are presented here.

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Demetrios “Dimitri” Spyridakis

Demetrios “Dimitri” Spyridakis has never said “no” in public or to his students. He credits his success as an environmental engineering professor to the positive support he gave to them and their work.

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Chris Legeros

With a 39-year career in broadcast journalism, Chris Legeros has experienced more than he ever expected in his life. He credits his culture and heritage (four generations of Greek ancestors) with giving him the strength and tenacity to be successful in his work.

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Pallis Family

Chris George Pallis recalls many “Georgisms” from his father that have influenced his life.

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Barbas Family

Tom, Helen and Demetra Barbas’ family moved to Seattle, Washington, in November of 1944 from a protective Greek “bubble” in Detroit, Michigan.

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Pete and Voula Sideris

Their restaurant was originally called Patty’s Eggnest but renamed Pete’s Eggnest when Voula and Pete Sideris bought it. Having served generations of customers with their warm hospitality, it has been affectionately called Pete’s Love Nest.

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Nicholas George Lolos

Greek lmmigrant…Beloved Local American Citizen

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Yiannis (John) Tziotis

As his Greek dance students were poised to go on stage, John Tziotis called out “showtime” to raise their spirits for the performance. He has been affectionately known by that nickname since that time.

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Basil and Jim Anton

Despite their father’s admonitions, Basil and Jim Anton have spent over 40 years together in the restaurant and catering business.

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Steve and Anna Athan

Steve and Anna Athan spent over 30 years combining hard work and his tailoring skills to achieve a successful career in Seattle, Washington.

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