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Remembering George Chatzopoulos, Beloved Brother, Chip’s Owner, Friend To All

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Jan 122022
 

After a yearlong battle with brain cancer, George Chatzopoulos, the well known owner of Chip’s Family Restaurant, passed away in his sister’s home.  He was only 55 years old.

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.

 

 

Asst Chief’s Announcement: The Big News On Eclipse Day Had Nothing To Do With The Moon And The Sun

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Aug 222017
 

After months of hype about the total solar eclipse, many Connecticut residents felt a little let down with only a bit of grayness and a 2/3 coverage.

The gig was over at around 2:50 p.m. – completely sunny, hot and humid by 4:30 p.m.

But the real show began shortly after 6 p.m. on Facebook, of all places, when Orange Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo balanced his cell phone on his kitchen table and with his wife nearby made a big announcement.

Cuozzo said he submitted his retirement papers to the department on Monday and would be leaving on Sept. 8.

Always full of surprises, Tony is not moving on to another police department or taking a job as the head of the FBI, rather, he is becoming a big part of his home away from home, Chip’s Family Restaurant.

Yes, you read that right. Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo is retiring from the Orange PD after 27.5 years to become the COO of Chip’s six current locations and its new franchise “The Simple Greek.”

The Cuozzos’ just became empty nesters with their youngest arriving at college this week another daughter moving to California with her fiance, and their son finishing up his college career this year.

Cuozzo is the 3rd most senior member of the department behind Chief Robert Gagne and Lieutenant Andrew Steinbrick.

He was sworn in as Asst. Chief on Sept. 12, 2012.

 

Rotary Club of Orange Honors Chip’s Family Restaurant

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Jun 282016
 

chipsOn June 22, the Rotary Club of Orange honored Chip’s Family Restaurant with its Community Service Award at a banquet at Oak Lane Country Club.

Chip’s Owners George Chatzopoulos and his sister, Dina Bajko accepted the award.

In giving the award to George and Dina, Rotarian Trish Pearson noted the restaurant has been a faithful supporter of Rotary and sponsor of many events. “They donate the homemade coleslaw at our Lobsterfest  and support all our fundraisers.”

Pearson added that Chip’s is a supporter of Marrakech, Relay for Life, the Lions Club and the Orange Volunteer Fire Department.

Breakfast For Dinner With The Lions on Tuesday

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Mar 252014
 

Lions Club LogoThe Orange Lions Club welcomes everyone to enjoy breakfast for dinner at Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, on Tuesday, March 25.

The event is a fundraiser for the Lions to benefit the projects and programs they provide in the community.

Admission is $10 per person and includes 2 pancakes, 2 eggs, bacon, coffee/tea.

Seating times are 5, 6, and 7 p.m.

For tickets contact Marianne at marianne_miller@sbcglobal.net.

Come out on Tuesday and support the Orange CT Lions Club.

Originally Published on: Mar 21, 2014 @ 8:55 

Chip’s Welcomes The Easter Bunny Saturday Morning

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Mar 292013
 

The Easter Bunny and a little friend during an early visit to Orange last weekend.

The Easter Bunny and a little friend during an early visit to Orange last weekend.

The Easter Bunny will be visiting Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, today at 10 a.m.

Come with the whole family and don’t forget your camera.

Breakfast For Dinner Benefits Boys Lacrosse Team

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Mar 102013
 

joey lacrosseAmity High School’s Spring Sports teams soon will begin hitting the fields and stadiums.
To kick things off, the Amity High School Boys Lacrosse team will host a Breakfast for Dinner Fundraiser at Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, tomorrow, Tuesday, March 12 with three seatings at 5pm, 6:15pm or 7pm.

Tickets are $10 each and walk-ins are welcome.

Dinner includes 2 Buttermilk Pancakes, 2 Eggs and 2 Pieces of Bacon or Sausage

Meet the Team Captains, Matt Milner, Austin Burns and Joey Choiniere and wish them a winning season.

Stack of pancakes