Athens owner back to cook at theater event

Suffolk theater
KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | The theater marquis in downtown Riverhead.

Nearly a month to the day from when Athens Grill in Riverhead was devastated by a grease fire, the neighboring Suffolk Theater will host a fundraiser to help support the restaurant’s grill chef and owner John Mantzopoulos rebuild.

John Mantzopoulos
John Mantzopoulos

While Mr. Mantzopoulos estimates it will take at least six months before the restaurant could re-open, regulars won’t have to wait that long to enjoy some of their favorite Athens menu items. Mr. Mantzopoulos will be back in the kitchen at the Suffolk Theater, cooking his Greek specialties for the event. The theatre’s regular menu will be available as well.

This is the second fundraiser for Mr. Mantzopoulos’ reconstruction efforts. On July 6, dozens of friends and fellow downtown restaurant owners banded together “Rebuild Athens” fundraiser hosted by The Riverhead Project, another restaurant.

The evening will feature live performances by popular local bands Who Are Those Guys and Craving Strange.

The fundraiser is scheduled for July 27 at 7 p.m. at The Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main Street in Riverhead.

Tickets are $20 (and count as a donation; feel free to give more) and are available at The Suffolk Theater Box Office, or at the door.

All proceeds go toward the Athens Grill Restoration Project.

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PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | The interior of the Athens Grill three days after the fire.