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The American Restaurant: Training Ground for Entrepreneurs

The American Restaurant: Training Ground for Entrepreneurs

For more than 50 years, The American Restaurant at 9 E. Main St., was owned and managed by Greek families in Westminster. Its history tells a rich story of immigrants taking entrepreneurial risks in a new country. The story begins in 1917, when brothers Pete and Zack Samios partnered with Tom Amprazes to open a pool hall at 9 East Main, which they soon converted to a restaurant. In 1924, the Samios family (now joined by their youngest brother, Tass) sold their interest to Amprazes and began a new venture, the People's Store at 75 E. Main St. Amprazes then ran the American with family and friends — Harry Amprazis, John Chackness, Bill and Arthur Lefteris, Steve Holevas. As...

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