Paying It Forward: Why One Greek-Owned Detroit Restaurant Is Offering Free Meals on Thanksgiving [video]

george dimopoulosGeorge Dimopoulos has lived in the U.S. from when he was just 23-years-old after he emigrated from his home country of Greece. He came from a poor household that wasn’t able to support him and sent him on his own to Greece’s capital city of Athens when he was only 12-years-old. During a period where times were tough, the youngster often had to rely on the help of strangers for food and shelter and often found himself homeless.

Dimopoulos made a success for himself in the U.S., settling in Northville, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, where he opened a restaurant, George’s Senate Coney Island Restaurant.

For the past decade, Dimopoulos has extended an open invitation to anyone who might be dining alone on Thanksgiving with nowhere to go or no family, to come and eat at his restaurant, free of charge, all day long from 6:30 am to 9:00 pm.

The act of kindness has not gone unnoticed by locals who have experienced the generosity of Dimopoulos’ Thanksgiving feasts which are traditional American-style Thanksgiving meals including a few Greek treats, as they undoubtedly have yet one more thing for which to give thanks.

As for Dimopoulos, he says that he is just “paying it forward,” reflecting on where he’s been and how, with the generosity of strangers, he was able to survive and find himself in a position to help others.