The Greek House

The Greek House

Angelo and Helen

The aroma of grilling meat and potatoes frying in gyros grease permeates the block around the business, guaranteeing a packed restaurant on most days. But soon, Campus Corner institution The Greek House will have a new owner. After placing the restaurant on the market 3 years ago, Angelo and Helen Dimas have finally sold The Greek house.

Helen

Retiring owner Helen Dimas checks a carryout order —€” The Greek House

After 33 years of slicing meat from a vertical spit and taking customer orders, Angelo and his wife Helen are retiring. They’ve always closed the restaurant during the Christmas and New Year holidays to visit family in Greece; now they will be moving back home. Their son, Bill, who will remain at the restaurant for the time being, graduated from OU with a Masters in ærospace engineering in 1989 before coming to work in his parents’ restaurant.

The restaurant’s new owner, who goes by “Moe”, was working behind the counter along with Angelo, Helen, and Bill when I dropped by yesterday for lunch. The family kindly allowed me to document one day of Angelo and Helen’s final week at the restaurant, and took time out for informal portraits  that evening, despite the early dinner rush.

Moe, a slight, friendly man with a reflexive smile, was concerned that his camouflage print T-shirt might not photograph well, so he opted to change shirts. As you can see, Angelo did not; tending the döner kebabı is hot work.

Changing of the Guard (Moe and Angelo)

New owner Moe and retiring owner Angelo Dimas —€” The Greek House

Angelo and Helen emigrated from Prosymna, Greece in late 1978, opening The Greek House the following February. The small Norman restaurant originally catered to the Iranian and Middle-Eastern students at OU. Eventually, other Norman residents discovered the place, which is known for large portions, low prices, and delicious flavors. Especially beloved by Normanites are the gyros (rotisserie broiled mixture of lamb and beef) and the accompanying traditional yoghurt sauce (“Tzatziki”).

The Greek House is located at 768 Jenkins Avenue near Boyd Street in Norman, Oklahoma. They open at 10:30 AM and close at 8:30 PM every day except Sunday. Bring cash or your chequebook; they don’t take credit cards.

NOTE: See more images from the shoot on my Flickr photostream.

About the Featured Photograph(s)

Note

M-mount lenses do not provide aperture information to the camera body, either electronically or mechanically. Therefore, f-stop settings are approximate, and are probably wildly inaccurate. For what it’s worth, I usually shoot with my lenses wide open.

  • Angelo and Helen
  • M9 Digital Camera
  • ISO:160
  • 50mm
  • 1/125s
  • ƒ/2.4
  • 35° 12.6959′ 0″ N 97° 26.4955′ 0″ W
  • Helen
  • M9 Digital Camera
  • ISO:160
  • 50mm
  • 1/750s
  • ƒ/1.7
  • 35° 12.6959′ 0″ N 97° 26.4955′ 0″ W
  • Changing of the Guard (Moe and Angelo)
  • M9 Digital Camera
  • ISO:160
  • 50mm
  • 1/60s
  • ƒ/2.8
  • 35° 12.6959′ 0″ N 97° 26.4955′ 0″ W

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