PHOTO: Frank Georgalos, owner of Spring Hill’s Grecian Restaurant & Bakery. / Photo courtesy of Frank Georgalos
By REBEKAH JONES
Frank Georgalos, the owner of Grecian Restaurant & Bakery in Spring Hill, takes pride in his restaurant’s homemade dishes, bakery items and love for the community.
Frank and his wife Anastasia bought Grecian in 2014 and since then, Frank said, have put their “whole hearts and souls into [running] it.”
Frank grew up in the restaurant business, working his way up from busboy to server to cook to manager and owner. He graduated from a culinary institute with a degree in culinary arts and the intention to become a chef. He also previously opened and ran a restaurant in Florida before making the move to Tennessee.
Frank and Anastasia’s love of cooking is one of the main interests they share.
“I have a passion for baking Greek and Italian desserts and pastries,” Frank said. “My wife is also passionate about cooking. At Grecian, she… makes many of our Greek desserts. She also makes many of our homemade specials and even our soups.”
At Grecian, they aim to make all dishes from scratch including their pizza dough, pasta sauces, breadsticks, traditional Gyro, tzatziki sauce, moussaka and more. They recently opened their doors to the breakfast crowd with their new bakery options including a variety of Greek and Italian cookies, desserts and pastries.
The passion that the Georgalos have extends far past their restaurant’s doors. They are heavily involved in the community, working with local schools, the Tennessee Children’s Home, those who are ill, and the elderly. They give a portion of all of their sales to schools and different organizations in the city. They also have sponsorships and spirit nights to cultivate additional funding for each.
“We have been blessed with a fine community and love to help and support it in every way we can,” Frank said.
Their next big event for the community will be a free Thanksgiving meal for the homeless, those who are ill, and those with financial struggles.
“We need to help each other, give what we can and help give back to our community,” Frank said. “God blesses us every day, we should always try and help the less fortunate as good people, friends and neighbors.”
Grecian Restaurant & Bakery is located at 2003 Wall Street, Spring Hill, TN 37174. They are open Sunday – Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Breakfast is served daily from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and the bakery is open all day. For more information, call (615) 302-4808 or visit their website.