A black bunting around the sign on the Boston Post Road restaurant on Tuesday was the first clue to patrons and passersby that something was amiss.
George was known as a hard-working, generous, community-minded businessman.
After working for years at a diner and saving his money he purchased the already established Boston Post Road Restaurant 19 years ago and made it the go-to place for families, friends and club meetings, greeting everyone with a big smile and a hearty “Hello, my friend.” He’d sit with me and my granddaughter when we’d come in on a snow day, until he started spending most of his time at one of his other four restaurants — Fairfield, Southbury, Southington, and Wethersfield.
In Orange, we will remember him for hosting the Thanksgiving morning charity fundraising breakfasts, Orange Country Fair breakfast, countless Pancakes For Dinner events, and having his signature pancakes at the Orange Firehouse fundraising breakfasts, when he’d donated the batter, butter and syrup for the cause — the firefighters would cook.
George will truly be missed by the thousands of friends he’s made over the past decades, by his customers across the region and of course his adoring family.
His sister Dina Bajko, who also was his business partner, will keep his legacy alive, and will continue to greet Chip’s customers with a smile.
Our condolences to the Bajko and extended Chatzopoulos family. George was loved and he already is missed.
An official obituary has not yet been released.