100%

Scanned image of the page. Keyboard directions: use + to zoom in, - to zoom out, arrow keys to pan inside the viewer.

Page Options

Share

Something wrong?

Something wrong with this page? Report problem.

Rights / Permissions

The University of Michigan Library provides access to these materials for educational and research purposes. These materials may be under copyright. If you decide to use any of these materials, you are responsible for making your own legal assessment and securing any necessary permission. If you have questions about the collection, please contact the Bentley Historical Library at bentley.ref@umich.edu

June 27, 2003 - Image 80

Resource type:
Text
Publication:
The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-06-27

Disclaimer: Computer generated plain text may have errors. Read more about this.

• Gift Baskets
• Sweet Trays
• Muffins
• Soups
• Cookies

Arts

Entertainment

The Best Of Everything

Everything Made Fresh Daily

Greektown Jewel

Cyprus Taverna creates unique Greek specialties.

Voted Best Challah Bread!

$1.00 Off Any
Bread
Order
I coupon per order

Expires 7/31/03

A,,t good -zzith any other discount or special

otfer. Not valid on hOliday Ord(TS

24-hour notice please on
specialty items
(some exceptions)
6879 Orchard Lake Rd.
in the Boardwalk Plaza

248-626-9110

729580

AUTO LEASING
& BUYING
MADE EASY

0% FINANCING
LOW LEASE RATES
CUSTOM TAILORED
LEASE PROGRAMS
UNLIMITED MILEAGE
PLANS AVAILABLE
NO DOWN PAYMENT
REQUIRED
ALL MAKES MODELS

MAKE YOUR NEXT MOM'
OR LEASE A SIMPLE ONE

LEE ROTH

THE LEASE SPECIALIST

28801 WOODWARD AVE.

248414.5363

leesingl@sbcglobalnet

IT DOESN'T GET
ANY EASIER

72E5E-0

CALL LEE

FOR YOUR NEXT LEASE

fegAMWOMMEMSe;M:W.M:M14.093118881010519/11.111.1410n8 08 MO2

Clic

6/27
2003

80

Shop

jewish.com

work in giving thanks for the wonderful
success their adopted country of
America has given them through the
years ... in the final realization of their
dream-come-true to own a restaurant.
On a wall is a large plaque framing a
proclamation from the Detroit City
Council ... with two gold medals and
blue neck ribbons ...for their unselfish
giving.
One of the projects is the
Thanksgiving event held each year since
opening ... where they bring homeless
and hungry people to their restaurant by
bus ... The first year's number was close
to 1,000.
After three years, the sponsoring of
Thanksgiving Day dinners for the
Neighborhood Service Organization, a
walk-in center for the needy and home-
less, has become an annual tradition at
Cyprus Taverna.
Plus her other duties at their restau-
rant, Eleni is also responsible for the
making of those fine homemade desserts
it serves ... Baklava, rice pudding, creme
caramel and the delicious Cyprus
pineapple cake.
There was a time when a visit to
Greektown created a problem ... which
Greek restaurant to visit ... there were so
many good ones ... Many of those fine
eateries are gone, and in their stead,
among the few decent ones left, are
those with a sometime mediocrity ar
best ... Too bad ... Greektown has always
been a favorite place to go for so many.
Thankfully there are still some like the
Cyprus Taverna ... And thankfully the
dream of two immigrants to own a
restaurant, came true.
It took a lot of nonstop hard work,
perseverance and belief ... but because of
this, Vassos and Elena now have so
much to be proud of

many Greek restaurants is the
hen the old
excellent haloumi cheese from
Book-Cadillac
Cyprus that is used in the
Hotel on
preparation of fried eggplant.
Washington
Other than being husband
Boulevard is restored and open
and wife, Vassos and Eleni
again as planned ... it will float
have worked together many
many memories for Vassos
years before realizing their
Augoustic.
d ream.
,..,14,2,__::‘,
After coming here from
Both were servers 12 years at
Greece in 1958, with only $2
DANNY
Pegasus in Greektown ... and
in his pocket, Vassos took a job
RASKIN
she was a waitress and he the
as busboy at the Book's Motor
Local Columnist manager at Bouzouki Lounge
Bar.
in its heyday as a restaurant.
Those memories will linger
Vassos had also been a waiter at
forever ... but more on his mind then
Grecian Gardens and New Hellas.
were other things ... To go to England,
With them at Cyprus Taverna are
marry the girl he met there, return to
their two sons, George, 32, and Cristaki,
America ... and make enough money to
29, who rotate as day and evening man-
eventually bring her here ... and the two
agers for their mom and dad.
going into the restaurant business
I always did like a Greek restaurant
together.
that grinds its own lamb meat and does
Today, Vassos and his wife, Eleni, are
its own butchering on the premises ...
the owners of Cyprus Taverna on
other than, of course, having the pres-
Monroe in Detroit's Greektown ... Back
ence of extreme cleanliness.
in 1992, they pooled their life savings
The favorite dishes of Jimmy are
and purchased the former Old
many ... but much-called-for are his red
Parthenon restaurant that had previously
snapper, blue bass, Plaid, chicken
been the Delphi ... and have turned it
Capama and Cornish hen with its spe-
into one of the finest authentic Greek
cial stuffing of chestnuts, pinenuts, leeks,
restaurants in Michigan.
raisins and eggplant.
That Cyprus Taverna has become a
And the sea bass at Cyprus Taverna is
leader in Greek dining can also be attrib-
considered among the best in
uted to the presence of one of
Greektown.
Greektown's top chefs ... and former co-
The pride that Vassos and Eleni hold
owner of New Hellas ... Demetrios
in their restaurant is enormous ... But
"Jimmy" Papatriantafyllou ... Last year,
not far behind is their philanthropic
Cyprus Taverna was voted the best in
Greektown by the Detroit Free Press.
It is the only place known that serves
the fine kleftikon, a very tender lamb
dish that is homemade and quite the
favorite in the villages of Greece ...
Jimmy brought the recipe back from his
home in Makrakomi, Greece ... and is
popularly credited for its consumption
at Cyprus Taverna.
Seating is for 90 downstairs and
another 90 upstairs to accommodate the
usual Friday and Saturday overflow ...
and private parties ... The seven-day
restaurant is open Monday-Thursday, 11
a.m.-2 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11
a.m.-4 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Jimmy's stuffed salmon is a work of
art that nobody has ... stuffed with crab-
meat, shrimp, cheese, mushrooms, celery
hearts, onions and garlic.
Vassos Augoustic and Demetrios Jimmy" Papatrianta
Another thing you won't find at too

IT

Back to Top

© 2020 Regents of the University of Michigan