Stamatopoulos’ Secret Ingredient for Michigan Greek Eateries

Bob Stamatopoulos, an immigrant who came from Greece to Michigan in 1986, now has four restaurants across the state and says his secret ingredient is olive oil made by his family in the little village of Christianoupolis back home. 

He has it sent from Greece for his restaurants, said The Battle Creek Enquirer in a feature, and has expanded his operations to a pancake house in Marshall, which opened in September, 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. 

The olive oil goes into all the cooking. “This is what makes us different,” he said. 

"He's the most generous, delightful restaurant ownerout there," said Scott Fleming, CEO of Choose Marshall, who had eaten at the new restaurant. "You'll see him visit with every table while customers are there. He really gets it." 

Stamatopoulos’ Greek roots are in every dish he makes, starting with the olive oil. 

They use it with all their meals. They also use different rubs and spices that are native to Greece and have a section of their menu for gyros specialties. 

"I use my own recipes for everything," Stamatopoulos said. "I do it in my own Greek way." 


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