Love and Devotion Build American Dream for Greek Couple

Located along busy Roue 102 in Londonderry, Avandi’s offers fine Greek, Italian and American cuisine at affordable prices. Owned and operated by Teddy and Yiota Karametros, the restaurant has been in operation since August of 1996 and comes as the culmination of love, dedication, and seeking the American Dream.

Teddy came to America from Greece when he was eighteen and worked day and night in Manchester, NH at the Carpenter Hotel. He saved his money with the hopes of owning his own restaurant one day. In 1978, he opened his first restaurant and four years later, in 1982, he traveled back to Greece to visit family. While there, he met Yiota.

Knowing he would return to America, he proposed to Yiota and three weeks later they were married. Teddy returned to the states and Yiota followed one month later. The newlyweds decided to take their honeymoon by driving along the coast from Hampstead to Atlantic. While on the road, they stopped in Mystic, Connecticut and ate at Yiota’s first American restaurant. The name was Avandi’s. Years later, Teddy kept his promise to Yiota that he would open a restaurant with her.

The Avandi’s Pirate

For years, Christmas trees were sold in the lot next to Avandi’s. When Home Depot was built, the man that ran the sales decided to stop selling and left a very large Santa Claus behind. Teddy decided to paint the Santa into a pirate and for years the pirate was in the trees near to restaurant.

The pirate was stolen a couple of times throughout the years, and was once found floating in the pond at the old Blue Seal building. Another time, the police called Teddy to let him know they’d found his pirate with his leg broken. He brought the pirate home and chained him to a tree outside Avandi’s.

Eventually, the original owner called and asked Teddy for Santa back. Painting him back into Santa Claus, the Avandi’s pirate can still be seen on Elm Street in Manchester each holiday season. He can be recognized by his broken leg.

After the man that sold the trees left, a woman began selling Beanie Babies at the lot. Knowing the story of the pirate and how he went back to the original owner, she bought the pirate that now stands in the lobby of Avandi’s as a thank you.

As a Londonderry resident, Teddy cares about the history and community of the town. His vision is to show the local history and to become a part of it. He loves servicing the public and is very devoted to doing his best each day for his customers.

Avandi’s serves homemade and healthy dishes at affordable prices. Daily specials are offered and chefs will work with customers to customize dishes. They are always changing menu items to offer something different and healthy and continue adding more vegetarian dishes.

The restaurant is open Tuesday through Thursday, 7 AM until 8:30 PM, Friday and Saturday, 7 AM until 9 PM and Sunday 7 AM until 8:30 PM. They are closed on Mondays. Their entire menu is also available for takeout.

Be sure to visit Avandi’s at 87 Nashua Road or online.

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A Taste of Greece in Londonderry

Small and quaint, Londonderry’s newest restaurant Gigi’s Kouzina offers traditional homemade Greek fare in a relaxed atmosphere. Gigi’s opened on June 19, 2012 and is owned and operated by Gigi and Billy Palaskas.

The Palaskas family has had experience in the restaurant business for more than 40 years. As owners of Brother’s Pizza on South Willow Street in Manchester, NH, the couple took a short break from the restaurant business to spend time with family in Greece before returning to the area to open Gigi’s. The couple is assisted by their eldest daughter, Tina.

Pictured are Billy, Gigi and Tina Palaskas of Gigi's Kouzina.

Cooking from family recipes that she’s perfected over the years, Gigi spends much of her time in the kitchen. Gigi’s prides itself that 95% of the food is made in the restaurant from scratch. Pizzas are made from hand-stretched, homemade dough; baklava is made fresh with sweet layers of crust and nuts.

Menu items range from pizza and calzones to pasta, salads and wraps. The restaurant also offers a daily Greek dinner dish, baked fresh each day, that include pastitsio, baked lamb, and haddock plaki. Because the special dinners are made daily, there is limited servings. It is recommended that diners call early to reserve a meal.

Gigi’s offers delivery to all of Londonderry and hopes to expand into other local towns. Their hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 AM until 9 PM; Fridays and Saturdays, 11 AM until 11 PM; and Sundays, 1 until 8 PM.

Gigi’s Kouzina is located at 217 Rockingham Road.  Visit them online.

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Local Greek Restaurant hosts Official Ribbon Cutting Opening Ceremony

Gigi’s Kouzina held an official ribbon cutting ceremony today, November 13, 2012, after opening this past summer. The ceremony was spearheaded by the Londonderry Commerce and Visitors Center and was attended by local political figures, including Londonderry Town Council Chairman John Farrell and Londonderry Acting Town Manager Bill Hart.

Tina, Billy, and Gigi (left to right) cut the ribbon during their opening ceremony. Pictured to the left of the family is Acting Town Manager Bill Hart and to the right is Town Council Chairman John Farrell.

Town Councilor John Farrell welcomes Gigi and Billy Palaskas to the Londonderry Community.

Gigi’s is owned and operated by Gigi and Billy Palaskas and their daughter Tina. Bringing fresh and traditional Greek and American food to Londonderry, the Palaskas have been in the restaurant business for more than 30 years as owners of Brother’s Pizza in Manchester, New Hampshire. After taking a short break to spend time with family, the Palaskas are back, creating homemade Greek dishes at their Rockingham Road location.

In honor of the ribbon cutting ceremony, Gigi’s Kouzina will be offering 15% off all of their menu items for today only. Be sure to stop in, welcome them to the town, and try some traditional Greek food today!

Gigi’s is located at 217 Rockingham Road in Londonderry. Visit them online or on Facebook.

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