Abbot Kinney First Friday San Juan to Calif
Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90291
6/2/2023, 11:00 p.m. - 4:30 a.m.
I was born In Heraklion, Capital of Crete that is the biggest island of Greece.
I was making frozen yogurt in Greece till a friend that we used to worked together tried my product. He liked it so I was Invited By a Beverly Hills-based company to create a new product with Fresh and Frozen yogurt and set up the first store for this company. Then three more stores as they expand. It was something new to me since I have never been in US before so all was different (measures,habits, etc.) But I did make it and create a successful product that attracts Hollywood celebrities and famous persons till now.
That's where my story begins. I wanted to start my own business back in Greece before I moved, but once the economic crisis hit Greece, I saw that there were too many obstacles to be overcome. Making the journey from Crete, Greece to USA was not a decision that took lightly. However, when opportunity knocked, I knew that I had a chance to prove to myself all that I was capable of accomplishing. I moved to the United States on March 1, 2013, and has focused on building my future ever since.
“I saw the potential in Crete [but] there wasn’t any future, business-wise, so I took the opportunity to go to the U.S. I proved what I can do. “It wasn’t easy but, if you want something and you have patience and don’t give up, you can stay in the U.S. and have success. You just need time.”
My business-oriented mind lay dormant in Crete. My dreams led me to where I am now, a food truck that specializes in “fine Greek food, Vromiko-style, Greek yogurt smoothies and Blended coffees with Greek yogurt on top which is inspired by the island of Crete. Most customers will come for Gyros and live the experience and the smell of the summer vacation that had in Greece. I feel proud when they start telling me where they have traveled in Greece and saying Greek words that they learn while they were there.
What makes us different except the gyros,smoothies, and coffees is the good vibe that you feel as soon as you approach us on the order window.
Greek hospitality and make you feel like being on vacation in Greece is our motto, just like back home.
My goal is to establish the business, have a couple of stay-able locations and stay-able events and eventually in future a set up of a restaurant same style and concept.