By Meredith McCulloch
The Sparta Restaurant, a local gathering place in the Great Road Shopping Center since 1976, will be closing by June 1 after thirty-nine years of operation. The owners, George and Effie Stamatakos, announced the news to the staff this week. A staff member said they would definitely be open this upcoming weekend and may remain open until June 1.
Sparta has been a frequent meeting spot. Many Bedford residents have gathered there regularly, combining breakfast or lunch with a volunteer or business meeting. Others have a regular “Sparta night” for dinner.
People are drawn by the warm welcome, quiet atmosphere, and menu of traditional Greek and American food. The menu features seafood, lamb, Greek spinach pie and a full bar. Many are grateful for a locally owned restaurant with ready seating.
The Samatakos’ emigrated with their young son from the Greek mainland in 1971. In 1976 they not only became American citizens, but also opened their own restaurant, Sparta. After many years of hard work, George and Effie Stamatakos are moving on to a well-earned retirement, but Bedford is losing an important community institution.