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4DTHOmnibusThursday, February 2, 1989
Welcome to Cafe Giorgios where food functions as art
By ANNE-RENEE RICE
if you're often homesick for
your mom's cooking, you can now
dine at a new restaurant in Uni
versity Square whose owner
understands just how you feel.
Giorgios Bakatsias of Cafe Gior
gios considers his mother's culi
nary talents as tops. "I want to
share the love for food, hospitality
and warmth that my mother
gives in her kitchen," says
He recently opened the cafe
after 10 years in the restaurant
business. The University Square
location houses his fifth establish
ment. He opened his first, The
Columns, when he was 21. The
Columns, which is in Cary. and The
Nicholas in Durham, are formal
However, Cafe Giorgios is fine
dining in a casual setting.
"I saw a need in the restaurant
market for good, quality food that
could be available to everyone,"
said Bakatsias. "It's important to
use simple and basic products, but
the fun of it comes from being
creative with the food."
Bakatsias takes great pride in
how his food is presented. For
example, a pattern is usually
created with each meal, whether
it's a unique garnish arrangement
of herbs or an appealing color
scheme with the ingredients.
"Food is art for Bakatsias," says
Dan Hussman, manager of Cafe
Giorgios. "It's always a joy to see
By ANDREW LAWLER
General College, UNC's only
nationally telecast production,
had quite a busy first-semester
season. Here's a quick summary
of last semester's exploits with
some hints of what's to come.
Tessa was arrested for drug
dealing after being fingered by
Ann. Swearing revenge, Tessa
enlisted Trevor's help in framing
Ann for a theft she didnt com
mit. However, Trevor fell for the
ex-addict. Or did he? It all ended
at the muzzle of a vengeful
a diner's reaction when the food
Before opening Cafe Giorgios,
Bakatsias took a month to train
his staff. He taught them tech
niques for becoming acquainted
with the dishes and wines that the
The interior of Cafe Giorgios has
a chic atmosphere.
"When traveling through
Europe, I fell in love with the
romance of fine dining," he said.
The decor is energetic A black-and-white
immediately stands out after
entering. Paintings in the art deco
style, by Henrik Fontazios, adorn
the walls. But the element which
ties all others together is the
"Dining is a way of life it's a
culture. There is more to eating
than 'Give me my food I'm
leaving " Bakatsias says. "Eating
should be a relaxed and enjoyable
Hussmann describes the menu
as "multi-ethnic" Many national
favorites are served, such as the
prized Spanish dish, paella. It's a
combination of rice, sausage,
seafood and chicken.
Another winner is the hearty
French dish, bouillabaisse. It's a
thick and rich stew - like a
melange of fish and shellfish, which
is seasoned with tomatoes, olive
oil, garlic and wine.
Other ethnic items boast of
Greek, Italian, Continental and
Tessa's gun. Next season bodes
ill as one of the characters
intercepts a bullet. But which
Jason. UNC's bisexual philander
ing frat-boy. found true love
with good girl Courtney. Faced
with opposition from both black
and white groups, the affair was
a rocky one. Jason got beaten up
by his tolerant frat brothers and
the season ended with Courtney,
after ignoring a mysterious
warning not to go to her lab, was
grabbed by a mystery man.
These two survive to go ... on
Alex and Jack took all semester
trying to make up and just
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Standing in front of a wall mural,
An extensive wine list offers
specialties from Australia, France,
Chile and Greece, to name a few.
Cafe Giorgios offers about 20
imported beers as well.
Drink specials run on a weekly
basis. On Tuesdays imported pints
of beer are $1.50. Other imported
beer is $1.75, with domestic beer
at $1.25. On Thursdays, highballs
Mondays, Cafe Giorgios offers free
appetizers with any entree.
in addition to good food, the
restaurant serves up good, live
missed each other at the airport.
Alex had become entangled with
Duke snob Trip. And Alex's good
friend Priscilla had made a play
for Jack. Jack got his big record
ing break and was sent the travel
money anonymously that is,
by Alex. Will they be reunited?.
Will Trip give up? And who's got'
a skeleton in the closet?
Brendan and Mary Catherine's
wedding started out at a high
point of a miscarried baby and
steadily worsened. Brendan
spent several episodes deciding if
he should visit Mary Catherine in
the hospital and upon her return
began to bang the sexy neighbor
next door. Mary Catherine left
waiter Patrick Hurley prepares for
entertainment. A variety of pop
ular entertainers, including
Rebecca and the Hi-Tones, Eve
Cornelius and Chipp Crawford, Mr.
Potato Head and Five Guys Named
Moe, has performed at the cafe.
Hussmann says the diners are
not reluctant to get up and dance
in the areas around their table.
"It's great that people feel
comfortable here, we want them
to have fun," he said.
You can have some affordable
fun at Cafe Giorgios for lunch
Monday through Friday, 11 am. to
the jerk. What's coming up? Too
gross to tell.
Meg and Paige finally got rapist
Kirk busted. Meg went through
therapy and emerged her old
spunky self. Paige's life got worse
after fights with Billy and amid
a myriad of other joys she
became anorexic and bulimic
Superjock Kyle Donovan was
introduced, along with his sport
star groupie-girlfriend Carmen.
Kyle was on top of the world as
the star of the soccer team and
wasted no time in alienating
nerdy roommate Ken with his
antics. A drunk Kyle fell off the
ninth floor of Morrison while
celebrating a big victory. Super-
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the dinner crowd at Cafe Giorgios.
2:30 p.m. Daily specials are offered,
as well as two or three homemade
soups. Lunch averages about $5.
Dinner dishes are served from
5:30 p.m. until 11 pm, Monday
through Saturday. The bar is open
until 1 am, and the restaurant is
closed on Sundays.
Treat yourself or a date to the
unique atmosphere of Cafe Gior
gios as a way to avoid the winter
blahs. The flair of the food and the
spirit of the restaurant make it
yet another contender for the
business of Chapel Hill diners.
jock lost the use of his legs as
well as his shallow girlfriend.
Carmen promptly latched onto
Kyle's replacement. Meg was
assigned as his therapist and
arrived to see the despondent
ex-jock sprawled on his bed with
an empty box of pills in his hand.
zoe told everybody about
Ken found a love of his own,
in State student Violet. A smooth
courtship led to safe sex by both
well-prepared parties. Next
semester Ken gets to sing and
Violet gets to swing.
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