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Omega Ouzeri Owner Moved to Greece after 30 Years in Seattle Restaurant Business

SEATTLE, WA – Following the closure of Omega Ouzeri on Capitol Hill in Seattle earlier this year, owner Thomas Soukakos moved to Greece, and the Seattle Times offered an update on April 9.

“After 30 years of running beloved Seattle restaurants — starting with Broadway’s El Greco, continuing with two locations of Vios Cafe and through nearly a decade at Omega Ouzeri — owner Thomas Soukakos announced he was ‘hanging up my apron… and moving to Greece!’ January 31 was the last day of the endeavor, and he’s already enjoying ‘more walks on the beach, more time for sunrises and sunsets … open[ing] the doors for friends to visit, more sunshine, less rain,’” the Seattle Times reported, adding “congratulations to him and wife/business-and-retirement partner Rebecca Soukakos for their obvious, enviable brilliance in this regard.”

Soukakos had posted the announcement online: “Kalos irthate. Hanging up my apron… and moving to Greece! January 31 will be our last day.”

A timeline was also posted in the announcement noting that Soukakos opened El Greco on Broadway in 1994, Vios Cafe & Marketplace was born in 2004, Vios Cafe Ravenna was introduced in 2008, “Omega Ouzeri brought Ouzo to Cap Hill” in 2015, and “we move to Greece” in 2024.

“Nine years ago (January 29, 2015) we opened Omega Ouzeri to bring Greece to Seattle, and share with you all the warmth, hospitality and deliciousness Greece has to offer,” the announcement continued. “We hope we inspired you to go to the real thing! While we searched far and wide for someone to carry-on our Greek vision, it wasn’t in the cards.”

“Alexander (our son) is 22, graduating from Parson’s School of Design,” Soukakos noted. “It has been 22 years that we’ve been missing his mom Carol. Fourteen years of marriage with Rebecca, raising Alexander, working hard, loving, traveling, celebrating 30 years of El Greco, 2 Vios’s, Omega. Incredible new friends, pools of tears, plenty of laughs, the time has come. To spend more time in Greece, more walks on the beach, more time for sunrises and sunsets, reunite with family, open the doors for friends to visit, more sunshine, less rain, new experiences, new chapters.”

“January 31 will be the last day of service at Omega,” Soukakos continued. “I want to thank everyone who helped me to have enough experiences to fill two lifetimes. Hope to see you in Greece. Thank you and love you.”

He noted that “over the years we’ve taken small, private groups to Greece, with a food and wine focus, of course. We don’t have anything official to share with you yet (we need a Sabbatical first), but if you would like more information when we formalize our plans, please opt-in to receive group emails from us in Greece. We’ll keep you posted.”

Soukakos included a link for anyone interested in updates and information about traveling to Greece: https://shorturl.at/cdelm.

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