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Jimmy the Greek restaurant closes in Stafford County

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Jimmy the Greek, a Stafford County restaurant that served Greek and American fare since 2006, closed its doors over the weekend.

Owner Demetrios Zotos, who has been involved in other area restaurants since 1980, said keeping the business open with mounting food and utility costs became too much for the family-run restaurant located at 225 Garrisonville Road.

“This [owning a restaurant] used to be a nice opportunity to do something,” he said. “Now high prices, banks, taxes, it’s too much.”

He said that at age 62, it’s also time to retire.

Zotos also owned a restaurant called the Paradise Diner on U.S. 17, which was sold eight years ago.

In 1980 Zotos had a hand in running the 2400 Diner in downtown Fredericksburg.

He then moved to Lafayette Boulevard and founded the first Jimmy The Greek restaurant.

In 1993, he opened the Paradise Diner.

However, the Zotos family won’t be gone long from the Fredericskburg area restaurant scene. His son Alex is opening a Paradise Diner Express, which will offer a similar menu to Jimmy the Greek, but slimmer and with faster service. It will be located on U.S. 17 in southern Stafford County.

The opening date and location have not been announced.

“We love all of our friends that have blessed us with their presence,” Zotos and his wife, Eleni, said in a goodbye note to their customers. “Every single day we are still shocked in the amazing people we met along the way.”

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