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COVID-19 Finished Allentown’s Nostos, But Maybe Not for Good

It's hard to keep track of how many Greek-American restaurants and diners have been killed off by COVID-19 in a pandemic more than a year long now, and that includes Nostos, in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Business had already been falling off and owner Demetrios ‘Jimmy’ Tsatsanis told the newspaper The Morning Call he had to close the doors after being open for four and-a-half years. Tsatsanis noted that business had dropped off over the past couple of years, and “with the pandemic, it finished us up. It was bad.”

But he's not done yet with his hopes. Tsatsanis hopes to reopen Nostos at another Lehigh Valley location in the future. “We’re looking for something else in the area,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.”

“We pride ourselves in treating our customers just like we want to be treated, with courtesy and respect,” a message on the former restaurant’s website reads. “You are the honored guest at our table and the atmosphere of Greek ‘filoxenia’ (hospitality), is evident everywhere,” he said.

It had offered many Greek dishes, including tzatziki and skordalia, and appetizers such as saganaki and char-grilled octopus.

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