Trevor Reid, Greeley TribuneJim Reeve, of LaSalle, enjoys a cheeseburger for lunch Thursday at the Country Inn, 1415 8th Ave., Greeley. The Country Inn reopened this past month more than two and a half years after a fire shut the restaurant down.
Despite the Country Inn’s three-plus decades building a base of loyal, satisfied diners in Greeley, owner George Gatsiopoulos wanted to treat it like any other new business.
So within the past month, Gatsiopoulos reopened the restaurant as quietly as he could after a fire gutted the inside more than two-and-a-half years ago.
“If it weren’t for my kids and my wife who supported me and listened to my stuff, and the people of Greeley and Weld County, I probably wouldn’t have done this,” Gatsiopoulos said with a laugh.
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Since the fire in February 2016, regulars of the Country Inn, 1415 8th Ave., had been aching for the restaurant’s reopening — to the point Gatsiopoulos’ son Yanni drove a shuttle to take would-be customers of the Country Inn to the Paragon, which is run by Gatsiopoulos’ wife. Though customers got the similar family-style service they were used to at the Country Inn, the two restaurants maintained entirely different personalities. At the Paragon, Gatsiopoulos’ Greek roots show up in the menu, with its Gyros. And at the Country Inn, comfort foods like cheeseburgers and his famous hash browns reign.
“There isn’t a day I don’t run into somebody that missed something,” Gatsiopoulos said of the Country Inn’s closure. “They missed it here.”
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Source:: The Denver Post – Business