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Zorba's History

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Zorba’s Greek Cuisine was opened in 1992 by Konstantinos “Mr. Gus”, his wife Lemonia “Nitsa” and their son Nektarios “Nick” Vikatos. Mr. Gus was born on the Greek island of Kefalonia and Nitsa was born in Lamia, a city in central Greece. They both worked in the catering business in Greece before immigrating to the Bahamas in 1968 to work for airport catering at the Freeport International Airport. Nitsa worked there until their son Nick was born in 1972 and then left to care for her premature infant son. Mr. Gus continued at the airport until 1981 when they moved to Tarpum Springs, Florida and subsequently in 1983 back to Greece where they operated a small gyro take out. In 1985 they returned to the Bahamas where Mr. Gus worked for seven years at Grand Bahama Food Company.

In 1992 they made the decision to open Zorba’s Greek Cuisine in the Port Lucaya Marketplace when their son Nick graduated from college. In the beginning Zorba’s had only four employees; Mr. Gus as chef and dishwasher, Nick as chef and cashier, Nitsa as hostess and waitress, and one other employee to help out where needed. They only had seating for 24 people and mainly operated as a take out, serving just lunch and dinner. Four years later, with the addition of eight employees they expanded the restaurant to seat 60 people and began serving breakfast. The business continued to grow and in 2004 saw another major renovation and expansion. Zorba’s can now seat up to 180 customers and has over fifty employees. It is a popular restaurant for tourists and locals serving authentic Greek cuisine, as well as popular Bahamian and American dishes.