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Kyriaki A Greek Eatery Closes Without Warning

Restaurant Manager William Carver said the restaurant repeatedly failed Lake County Health Department inspections.

Barrington restaurant Kyriaki A Greek Eatery abruptly shut its doors in November.

The restaurant at 301 W. Northwest Highway was open since March of 2011. Owned by Louis and Georgia Giannakopoulos, Kyriaki served up authentic Greek cuisine.

Its website mentions nothing of the closure. Some employees say they weren’t even given advanced notice.

“I left to visit my brother on Nov. 5,” Restaurant Manger William Carver said. “The restaurant was still in business. When I came back on Nov. 11, the restaurant was gone, they didn’t tell me anything about it.”

Carver said the closure was a shock to him. He knew Giannakopoulos was having some financial problems because he wasn’t getting paid, but Carver said he was lenient about it because he knew they needed the help.

“I was there seven days a week. I went back to work, the doors were locked, the signs were down, everything was gone,” Carver said. He said Giannakopoulos’ phone had since been turned off. The business is listed for lease on Craigslist.

A Lake County Health Department officer said the restaurant had several issues during inspections, but the department did not shut the restaurant down.

Kyriaki’s first problematic inspection occurred on June 27. The Lake County Health Department’s website cites the reason for failure as “Lack of proper certified manager(s).” Some other issues noted by the inspector included food being stored on the floor of the walk-in cooler instead of at least 6 inches above the floor, and a used ashtray was found in the kitchen.

Kyriaki failed its follow-up inspection on Oct. 24 due to repeated time/temperature violations. The restaurant failed the next follow-up inspection for the same reasons on Nov. 6.

Attempts to reach Louis Giannakopoulos were unsuccessful.

Joy S.B. January 07, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Based on this article it sounds as though the owners were also very inconsiderate to.their employees.
lzbthmay January 07, 2013 at 05:29 PM
I am so sorry to see this restaurant close. It was a wonderful family business. We need to encourage small businesses like Kyriaki. They treated customers like family and I would guess they did the same with their employees.
William Carver January 07, 2013 at 06:51 PM
I worked for Kyriaki for a long time, doing a little bit of everything. I started as the webmaster, built the website from the ground up, promised monetary reconciliation for doing so, but then received nothing. Then, when every single employee they had, quit, without notice, I hired my fiance to come and work there as well. Her and I cooked, cleaned, washed dishes, served, hosted, bussed, 7 days a week for months, receiving ZERO paychecks, but always a promise of great pay "as soon as they were making a profit." But when the owners needed me to run over to the liquor store every day for a bottle of brandy and 8 packs of cigarettes, there was always money for that. If someone can explain how that treatment is being "treated like family", then by all means. This was the most unethical employer that I have ever had. Everything was always " a deal." It seemed as if all products obtained were bartered for with steak dinners and homemade ouzo. I currently have an on-going case with the Illinois Department of Labor for the thousands of dollars I have owed to me, for the numerous hours documented via time cards.
William Carver January 07, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Not to mention, for those of you whom ever attended this restaurant for a so-called "professionally prepared meal". I can assure you, if you ever went as far as to venture into the kitchen while food was being prepared, you would have become physically ill. While food was being re-heated from the freezer to the microwave and claimed to be "freshly prepared", the owner would stand over the preparation table, in a tank top, no hair net, no beard net, with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, fragments of ash landing on the floor, the table, and most likely in peoples' dishes, with a big, hearty glass of brandy, re-filled numerous times through the night. Tell me how this is ethical. Prove to me that anyone out there believes that anyone should have a cigarette anywhere near the preparation of food that consumers are coming in and paying $30 dollars a plate for. There were no freshness seals in the freezer, groceries were bought once every two weeks, everything was old and dirty and unsanitary. It is a legitimate medical mystery to me that no one came down with an illness after eating this stale, poorly-prepared food.
Charlie A January 18, 2013 at 10:47 AM
William !!!!!! Do you think that you are the only one they screwed over? I did the same as you for Lou and Georgia, pretty much everything! I left with them owing me $$, knowing I would never get paid, especially when I caught Georgia stealing tips from the servers!!! Final straw was Lou inebriated, telling his employe'es to F-off for the hundredth time. I mentioned that maybe he should F-off, he told me to leave. So I finished my tables (not getting all my tips again!!) and left and never went back. There were others they screwed as well. Nothing but scammers, horrible people that use and treat people like shit!!!! Sorry you got caught up with them, hope you get your $ somehow.
DL January 21, 2013 at 08:47 PM
food sucked anyway...
Justin April 05, 2013 at 05:48 PM
I had two checks that were both under a hundred dollars each, and when I deposited them, they bounced!!! Oh yeah, they took taxes out of those checks and I NEVER got a w2, can we say tax fraud a well.

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