Greek-American Restaurant Owners Bring Taste of Detroit to Vegas

LAS VEGAS – Greek-American siblings and restaurant owners Grace Keros and Chris Sotiropoulos, co-owners of American Coney Island in downtown Detroit, are bringing a taste of Detroit to Las Vegas with a new restaurant at Circa Resort & Casino, “the first new casino in downtown Las Vegas since 1980 and the first anywhere in Vegas since 2009,” which opened on October 28, The Detroit News (TDN) reported.

The 1.25-million-square-foot property is the newest owned by brothers Derek and Greg Stevens, who grew up in Grosse Pointe, MI and support Detroit sports teams, TDN reported.

Keros and Sotiropoulos co-own the restaurant Victory Burger & Wings which overlooks the casino’s sportsbook, TDN reported, adding that “they also operate an American Coney Island in one of the Stevens’ brothers other Vegas casinos, The D.”

According to TDN, “the idea for Victory Burger began during a conversation at the Long Bar at The D, where Derek Stevens is known to hold court at his own personalized slot machine.”

“After some sodas, we grabbed a napkin and tried to figure this out,” Sotiropoulos told TDN.

Keros, “a former state basketball champion at Okemos, and Sotiropoulos are taking week turns in Vegas, while the other is in Detroit,” TDN reported.

The menu at the Vegas restaurant “features a Detroit staple, the olive burger, and also some creative shakes, like blends of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Captain Crunch Berries,” TDN reported, adding that “the Michigan State fans also like to point out the score on the scoreboard that hangs above the dining area — 27 guest, 23 home, which astute football fans will recognize as the final score from the 2015 Michigan State-Michigan game, otherwise known as the ‘Trouble with the Snap’ game.”

Keros and Sotiropoulos, along with Paul Saginaw, the co-founder of Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, are also “jointly operating the food service for Circa’s Stadium Swim — the casino‘s three-level pool setup, which is accompanied by a three-story TV,” TDN reported.

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