Restau­rant com­mu­nity mourns death of prom­i­nent leader

The Chronicle Herald (Provincial) - - BUSINESS -

Leo Christakos, a prom­i­nent fig­ure in the Hal­i­fax-area restau­rant scene, is be­ing lauded by friends and peers for his good humour and com­mit­ment to lo­cal food pro­duc­ers.

Christakos, who opened the Brook­lyn Ware­house, Bat­tery Park Beer Bar, Ace Burger Co., and oth­ers in­clud­ing the pop­u­lar Za­p­ata's restau­rant in the 1970s and '80s, died sud­denly over the week­end.

"It is a blow to the Greek com­mu­nity and the restau­rant com­mu­nity," says Evan­ge­los Panopalis of the Athens Restau­rant in Hal­i­fax, "He was re­ally tal­ented guy, who had it all to­gether. He was cha­ras­matic, with a smile on his face for ev­ery­one." Christakos was born in Canada and he grew up in the restau­rant busi­ness run by his im­mi­grant par­ents, ac­cord­ing to Panopalis.

“Deeply sad­dened to hear of the un­timely pass­ing of Leo Christakos this week,” said Michael How­ell, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at Devour The Food Film Fest, on Face­book.

“He was a long­time Slow Food Nova Sco­tia mem­ber and a col­league for many years in the N.S. restau­rant busi­ness. Much love to his fam­ily. He will be missed.”

Christakos stud­ied de­sign and graph­ics tech­nolo­gies and vis­ual com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the Nova Sco­tia Col­lege of Art and De­sign, ac­cord­ing to his LinkedIn pro­file.

He was pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager of the Paper­Chase News­Stand Cafe on Blow­ers Street in Hal­i­fax from 1986 to 2003.

“(I) de­vel­oped the con­cept and im­ple­mented the es­tab­lish­ment of both the news­stand oper­a­tion in 1986, and later the cafe sec­tion in 2003,” Christakos wrote on LinkedIn.

His ad­ven­tures with his best­known food op­er­a­tions started in 2007 with the Brook­lyn Ware­house, opened with his son, George Christakos.

“Never been on such a ride ever in my life!” he said at the time.

“Well, ex­cept maybe when I learned how to op­er­ate a reachtruck and fork­lift at the age of 45. That was cool!”

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