Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Gourmet Chili History

The history of Gourmet Chili begins in way that is quite similar to some of the other chili parlors we have visited: An immigrant travels to the United States to find a better life for himself and his family. Working odd jobs and struggling to keep afloat, he ends up working at one of Cincinnati's many chili parlors. Seeing the business as a great opportunity in a town that truly loves its chili, he opens his own chili parlor and it stands for decades.

The man in the story this time is Steve Stavropoulos, a Greek immigrant who worked at Skyline for awhile when he first came to America. He opened Gourmet Chili in 1986 on Monmouth Street in Newport, Kentucky. Though he has since passed away, he is still remembered in his community as having been a very spiritual and kind person. His restaurant carries on with the original recipes Stavropoulos created when founding Gourmet Chili.

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