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Name of Greek Place off Franklin Street in the 80's/90's?

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There used to be a greek place on the corner across from schoolkid's, opposite the post office. Next to where Hector's is now. Er, Chapel Hill, this is.

We used to eat there in high school and then until it closed while we were in college. Cheap, cheap cheap and with a cup of coffee and a plate of fries or bowl of french onion soup, you could sit all evening and the owners didn't care. They sat in the back booth reading greek newspapers. I miss the woman who used to run the place.

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  1. there was marathon down where chapel hill meets carrboro... as far as where hector's is now--maybe sadlacks? but i think that that was where linda's upstairs is now, not where hector's is. i've lived here almost all my life, save for a few years from 94-97 and 99-02, and i'm trying to remember when hector's wasn't there. it was hector's when they had that fire in 92 or 93... *shrug* chapelwill!!!! any help here?

    1. Could you mean Mariacacas?

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      1. re: kathleen purvis

        Mariakakis was the only place I could afford to dine out when I was in grad school. We'd get the fantastic flat bread or pizza plus a pitcher of beer and the whole bill was about $5 in 1985. I had so many great times there -- thanks, everyone, for the memory. (But sorry to derail the original question...)

      2. The place had to be Leo's. The same family had a place on Hillsborough St. in Raleigh called the Golden Key. Mrs. Caporal was a real pistol of a lady.

        1. Isn't Mariakakis off 15-501 in the shopping center?
          It was next to the building where Hector's is now - not the same building. Down the street about one or 2 doors. They had booths along the windows that were dark wood, and the bathroom was downstairs.
          I don't remember it being called Leo's. The woman who almost always waited on us was in her early 50's maybe, and had frizzy dark hair with grey in it. She was a real personality. It's possible that they had another place in Raleigh, that does sound familiar.

          1. Leo's was farther down Franklin Street, almost to Carrboro.

            1. You are right Leo's was almost in Carrboro on Franklin St.

              1. There was a place called the Continental Cafe that sounds like the location you're talking about. Very glossy lacquered tabletops and some kind of Greek artwork on the ceiling, if I remember correctly. I also think I remember that it was a pleasant place to go. I think the owners might have been Cretans.

                Sorry for the months-late reply: I just joined.

                1. Hello to all of you, I am the daughter of one of the owners of Continental Cafe and Hectors, to my surprise I found out there are many people who still remember Continental Cafe as well as Hectors after so many years, I must admit that makes me proud of my father who successfully owned these two for almost 14 years! I must mention that my father Michael Lias owned Continental Cafe inc with his two other brothers Nomikos and Sevastos Lias from 1976 till 1989 are not Cretans but they are from Kalymnos, an island from Dodecanisos in Greece. To our disappointment they told us one year later Continental Cafe caught fire. Thank you all for your nice words. I sent you 2 photos to refresh your memories from the good old times of Continental Cafe & Hectors..click on each photo!

                   
                   
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                  1. re: antigoni

                    I worked as a waitress at the Continental cafe in 1978. I think the waitress everybody is referring to was Riva. I remember Mike and his brother. We called him big Mike. It's nice to know that Mike got married and has a daughter. At the time he was single. he cooked a wonderful pizza and a lovely chicken with rice.
                    I ate there baklava for the first time in my life
                    Anna

                    1. re: arietia

                      Hello Anna!
                      Thank you so much for your wonderful words! Yes you are right, it was Riva! After a couple of years Darline came and there were two waitresses at that period of time. How long did you work there? Are you Greek or Italian? I noticed that your location is in Italy.

                      1. re: antigoni

                        Dear Antigoni
                        I am Italian. I spent 7 months in Chapel Hill and while I was trying to study at UNC I worked at Continental cafe, I worked there from august to december 1978. I remember those times very vividly because they were among the best of my life,
                        It was my first and only experience as a waitress and i still remember almost the entire menu served in CC. I live near Milano in the North.
                        Take care
                        Anna

                  2. Hello to all of you, I am the daughter of one of the owners of Continental Cafe and Hectors, to my surprise I found out there are many people who still remember Continental Cafe as well as Hectors after so many years, I must admit that makes me proud of my father who successfully owned these two for almost 14 years! I must mention that my father Michael Lias owned Continental Cafe inc with his two other brothers Nomikos and Sevastos Lias from 1976 till 1989 are not Cretans but they are from Kalymnos, an island from Dodecanisos in Greece. To our disappointment they told us one year later Continental Cafe caught fire. Thank you all for your nice words. I sent you 2 photos to refresh your memories from the good old times of Continental Cafe & Hectors..click on each photo!

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                    1. re: antigoni

                      antigoni!
                      I came back to this thread today because I had a dream last night that I was back in Chapel Hill and walked into the space that used to be this restaurant. The woman I remembered working there was behind a counter and recognized me in the dream. I asked her the name of the restaurant and she replied, "The Continental Cafe!"
                      Your pictures have made me happy.
                      Thank you for the pictures!
                      I spent so many great hours in the Continental Cafe. When I was in high school in Durham, a friend and I would drive to Chapel Hill just to sit in those booths. I ended up going to Carolina and spent many many more hours there. Your father had a wonderful place (and of course Hector's as well!). Please give him my regards.
                      Do you know the woman I am referring to, who worked there as a waitress in the 80's? She really made the place.

                      1. re: jcpageca

                        whenever me and my friends had the late nite munchies we headed over to Hectors for a Greek grilled cheese. Thanks for the memories.

                        1. re: jcpageca

                          I'm so glad you liked the photos I uploaded for you!
                          The reason you had that dream was because my reply was waiting for you so you could read it! :-) The waitress who worked at Continental Cafe you were talking about in the 80's was Riva.
                          Jcpageca Thank you for your kind words! Take care!

                        2. re: antigoni

                          Continental Cafe was my favourite! So pleasant, calm place to eat. The Greek owners were so kind. Wish that place still existed!

                          1. re: antigoni

                            Hi Antigoni,
                            I also loved your father's restaurant and spent many a night there after practicing at the music building. The Eggplant Parmesan was the best I have ever had, and I am half Italian. I just loved the crispness of the eggplant under the volcano of melty cheese. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! Any chance the chef would part with the recipe? Thank you for the great memories!

                            1. re: antigoni

                              I worked at the Continentale Cafe with your parents and Mike and Katarina from 1978 until it closed and remember you as just a baby. Hope all is well with the family. Please give all my best wishes.

                              Bud DeWinter

                            2. My roommate was the bar manager at 4 Corners back when and I can't tell you how many nights ended up at Hector's for "Stek an chees evrythin on it to go eet heer'. Dayum that was great!