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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.

 

 

Legislators Honor Chip’s Family Restaurant at State Capitol

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Feb 272014
 

Rep. Paul Davis, Dina Bajko, Georgie Chatzapouloa and Rep. Themis Klarides in Hartford on Wednesday.

Rep. Paul Davis, Dina Bajko, Georgie Chatzopouloa and Rep. Themis Klarides in Hartford on Wednesday.

State Reps Themis Klarides (R- 114), Paul Davis (D-117) and Tony Hwang (R-134) honored Chip’s Family Restaurant co-owners Georgie Chatzopoulos and Dina Bajko at the State Capitol Wednesday, Feb. 26. Chip’s Family Restaurant has a location in Orange at 321 Boston Post Road.

As co-owners of Chip’s, Chatzopoulos and Bajko were recognized on the floor of the State House of Representatives and received an official state citation.

Chip’s Restaurant in Orange has been a landmark for many years, known for its perfect pancakes, and being voted ‘best pancakes’ in Connecticut three consecutive years, the restaurant has grown over the years, meeting the needs of its large clientele. Chatzopoulos immigrated to the United States from Greece in 1987 and has worked in the restaurant business ever since.

“Chip’s is an iconic destination within the community, drawing thousands of visitors to Orange with its famously delicious food and family-friendly environment,”  Klarides said. “Small business owners like Georgie work tirelessly to please their customers while helping to drive our local economy, and I applaud his success and contribution to the town.”

“I have had the pleasure of knowing George since he began operating Chip’s Family Restaurant. He believes in the importance of making his business a part of the community,” Rep. Davis said.  “Over the years Chips has supported, sponsored, and participated in countless charitable events and provided job opportunities for numerous local citizens. In return, Orange has made Chip’s the number one destination for family dining. We congratulate George and Dina for their outstanding accomplishments and wish them the best in the future.”

Rep. Hwang applauded Chip’s commitment to the community. “As a fellow immigrant, we both love this country and are grateful for the opportunity to live the American dream,” Hwang said. “Working hard to succeed and maintain a commitment to this community is an unfailing value that we mutually share. Georgie’s focus has always been to give back to the community that has made his restaurants successful.”

Chip’s Family Restaurant also has locations in Fairfield and Trumbull and will open a new Chip’s in Wethersfield, CT – expected opening Nov. 2014.