, Derry, New Hampshire

August 9, 2012

New Greek restaurant open

GiGi's Kouzina is the newest addition to Londonderry's roster of 30 eateries

By James Niedzinski

---- — LONDONDERRY — While most people have romantic ideas in mind for their wedding anniversary, Vasilious “Bill” and Georgia “Gigi” Palaskas celebrated theirs by opening their newest restaurant.

GiGi’s Kouzina opened June 20 at 217 Rockingham Road.

“The toughest parts about owning and operating a restaurant are the hours,” Bill Palaskas said. “Today, Friday, we were only really busy for a few hours, then in slows right back down.”

He said summer is not an ideal time to open a restaurant since more people are on vacation and or cooking on the grill at home.

Georgia Palaskas emigrated from Greece to America in 1967 and her husband in 1972. Both are veterans of the food industry.

Bill Palaskas has owned pizzerias in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, running them with his entire family.

“I have three daughters in their 30s now, and we all worked together at the beginning,” Bill said.

In 2004, he had some minor health issues but decided he was not ready to retire yet.

“I love this job, I love working with the customers,” he said. “My wife is a tremendous cook, you can tell by looking at my stomach.”