John G's had a packed house at its grand opening yesterday. I was told that the Press were there at 5am. Everyone with whom I spoke were thrilled to be dining there and that they were finally opened. One gentleman next to me couldn't get over the portion on his plate and he ate voraciously giving the excuse that he was a "big man." When he was through eating, he nudged me to say, "Look, I cleaned my plate."
Mrs. Giragos, Tess, went to every table to say hello and welcome everyone. When speaking to her she said, "John would have been proud." He had opened the original restaurant at the Lake Worth beach in 1972 and it became a landmark for quality and a sense of family. We all grew up with his kids who now have kids of their own and who have carried on John's tradition of good food, good service and never a doubt in your mind that you would be coming back soon.
The new John G's has a strong feel of the old sprinkled with a lot of "new." Many of the tables were taken from the beach casino and the huge paper menus near the kitchen are still there. The menus and the prices are exactly the same. People still came in their flip-flops; it's still an all cash business and no one minded; it was like finding an old fast friend.
There is one section devoted to John, the son of immigrants who came through Ellis Island and who passed away in January 2010. John lives on through his wife and children who are carrying on his name. It's the same restaurant serviced by people who love what they are doing and love their Dad. The only difference is the location just a short drive down A1A.
We will miss John G's at the Lake Worth beach.