Every year for the past decade, George Dimopoulos has been welcoming people to his restaurant on Thanksgiving Day who might be alone and have no family to celebrate with.
He offers a traditional American-style Thanksgiving meal with a few Greek fix-ins at George’s Senate Coney Restaurant— free of charge.
In this suburb of Detroit, Dimopoulos has become something a celebrity for this wonderful cause— but to him, it’s just a part of his heritage— as a Greek.
Dimopoulos came from Greece when he was 23 years old. He grew up in a poor household and his parents sent him to Athens when he was just 12 years old, unable to provide for him.
He got by with the help of random people while he was in Athens, struggling to get his life in order— even being homeless for a time.
The Thanksgiving dinners that he hosts at his restaurant are a way for him to pay it forward for the generosity he received from strangers during that difficult time in his life.