Summer 2017 is shaping up to be a summer of celebrations and we could not be more excited about it. Last week we were invited to celebrate over 30 years of Jimmy The Greek and got to dine with the OG Jimmy himself. To be honest we didn’t even know if there was a real Jimmy before attending this dinner, but now that we do, he is basically our new favourite person, and a full-blown Toronto celebrity in our eyes.
We loved learning about some of the Jimmy The Greek history, like that Dimitrios (Jimmy) Antonopoulos (his real name) came to Canada in 1963, and joined many other Greek immigrants in cooking and selling delicious food from their homeland as a means to provide for their families. It was the success of his restaurant Epikourion, Exquisite Greek Restaurant & Bar in the First Canadian Place that lead to the opening of his quick service restaurant franchise which now has 55 locations in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, with over 25 locations in the GTA alone. Fun Fact: The first ever Jimmy The Greek location was opened at First Canadian Place back in 1985. Like we said before, this man is a Toronto LEGEND.
We had an absolute pleasure meeting Jimmy and his daughters Toula and Tina, who are now in charge of his successful business. At the intimate dinner they treated us to a total feast and included all the authentic Greek specialities like roast lamb, chicken souvlaki, spanakopita, and gyros served with delicious rice, potatoes, pita bread and tzatziki! Did we mention the heavenly baklava for dessert?
To celebrate 30 years of success in Canada, the Jimmy The Greek family has launched an exciting contest called ‘Raise a Glass to Jimmy!’ that offers you the chance to WIN a grand prize of a trip for two 2 Greece, and more! See below for contest details and how to enter.
Here’s how to Raise A Glass To Jimmy and enter their contest!
1) Raise a Glass – Feel free to use your drink of choice; it could be wine, coffee, ouzo, a soft drink or smoothie – anything goes!
2) Snap a Photo – Capture your raised glass or celebratory toast with a photo or short video on your smartphone!
3) Post to Social Media – Post the photo to Twitter or Instagram with the following hashtag:#JimmyTheGreek30. Feel free to include a toast to Jimmy in your caption! Make sure your social profile is set to public! Submissions from private accounts will not be eligible.
1) One grand prize trip for two to Greece
2) Three office lunch parties catered by Jimmy the Greek
3) 30 meal vouchers for you and a friend at Jimmy the Greek
Contest valid from July 5 to August 5 2017!
For more info visit jimmythegreek.com/contest!
Here’s to the next 30, Jimmy!
(Assistant Editor, Blair Stutz, Photos by Sarjoun Faour)