Athanasios Chris Karamesines set out to fulfill his dream of becoming a pizza restaurateur. Chris, the Greek part of Greek's® Pizzeria, was born in Chicago and developed a taste for good food at a young age. His father, who traveled to the United States of America in 1919 from a small village in Greece, foresaw the endless opportunities America had to offer.
The Karamesines family has been in the restaurant business since 1922 and no matter the name of each location, over the years the neighborhood customers commonly stated “let’s just eat at the Greek’s.”
Chris, who opened his first restaurant (diner-style) when he was only 14 - later became a self-taught professor of pizza, earning his home-baked degree by studying in the kitchens of top-notch operations across the country.
As a pizza fan, he learned the ins and outs of the industry and opened his first pizzeria at 454 S. Greenwich St. in Valparaiso, IN at the age of 17. Unsure of what to call it, his mother suggested the name “Greek’s Pizzeria.” Business was good and he never looked back. At 23, Chris was joined by his lovely, late wife, Cindy and together they continued to build and consult pizzerias throughout the world.
2017 and now.
In 2014, Brad Newton began his journey through the world of pizza at the Greek's Pizzeria located at 8800 E. 116th Street in Fishers, Indiana. While he started at the bottom, rolling breadsticks and cleaning dishes, he eventually became one of the general managers. After completing his degree in Criminal Justice at IUPUI, Brad decided he didn't want to leave Greek's behind. An opportunity arose to come to Columbus in the Fall of 2017. He, and his soon to be wife, Maddie, opened the store together and have been working side by side ever since. Although she has pursued a career in caring for at-risk youths in Columbus, you're still likely to see one of them manning the ovens or counter if you stop in. Don't be afraid to say hello, they don't bite much.