Jun 17, 2022 5:11 am
An iconic restaurant in downtown Chatham is celebrating a milestone this week.
The Satellite Restaurant has turned 60 and celebrates with customers, employees and former employees.
The restaurant said there will be daily raffles and samples of its famous Hawaiian pizza, and all former employees were invited to a special party on Thursday night to share some memories.
The current owner is George Tsirimbis who has been the owner since 1976. George’s youngest son Chris said his fondest memory was growing up with family in the restaurant.
“It was always a family restaurant. You came here and saw a manager working that was part of the family, you saw dad, you saw cousins working here. We all grew up in this place,” said Chris.
Chris said the family see no reason to change their traditional family restaurant atmosphere.
“Stay true to the roots and keep it as a nice family style traditional restaurant. Seems like a dime a dozen. Franchises take over, but the family restaurant will always be there,” he said.
Chris said the restaurant has always had loyal customers and he considers them and the staff part of the family.
“We have many loyal customers who come here almost every day. We grew up with many of them. Lois, who used to come here every day, she sat next to the booth where the family used to sit and we talked to her every day until she died and we still have such customers to this day,” said Chris.
George said he misses the old days because they were a lot simpler. George said he was ready to retire soon and that his son Chris would take over the business.
The Satellite Restaurant has also donated $10,000 to the Chatham-Kent Hospice.