Papa G’s is up for sale, will remain open

By on May 14, 2009

Owner George Kanakaris selling for personal reason
by Martha Quetsch
George Kanakaris began working in restaurants as a teenager and has no plans to stop, even though he is selling his downtown Elburn establishment, Papa G’s.

Kanakaris said the reason the restaurant is for sale is strictly personal.

“Business is good, the location is good, and we have a good clientele,” he said. “But I’m too old for this.”

He is looking for a buyer who will continue operating a restaurant there. Meantime, Papa G’s will remain open.

Kanakaris, 66, wants to spend more time with his grandchildren and visiting relatives in Greece.

If he becomes bored with all his free time, he will give his son, Niko, a hand at his two restaurants, Nikos in Wasco and Huntley. He also plans to help out the new restaurant owner in Elburn on the weekends for a few hours.

But he will not be working the 12-hour days he has put in since he started in the restaurant business. That was more than five decades ago, when he got a job at a restaurant in Canada after emmigrating from Greece.

Kankaris opened Papa G’s 11 years ago in the building at 250 S. Main St., formerly called the Back 40 restaurant. Previously, he worked with his brother as a pizza supplier for the Great Lakes Naval Station, he said.