What happened to George of Minos?
In the wake of the disappearance of its former owner, staff at Minos restaurant in North Kamloops have been assured they will be paid wages owed to them.
Dana-Leigh Tomada, one of the employees left wondering about her work future when it became apparent owner George Georgiou had left town, said new owners came into the well-known Tranquille Road restaurant on Friday, March 15, introduced themselves and told staff not to worry about money or the future of the establishment.
Tomada said the owners include a man she knows only as Gus, who said he had owned the restaurant before Georgiou took over.
Tomada said staff was told nothing will change, that their jobs are safe, that the menu will not change and that the restaurant will stay open.
In fact, she said, Gus noted some of the recipes on the menu are ones he developed when he owned the restaurant.
Rumours are swirling about why Georgiou relinquished the restaurant and where he is now.
However, Tomada said she had been told Georgiou had gone to Montreal, where his two sons live. She said Georgiou’s wife, Stella, is still in town, living in the Batchelor Heights house the couple now has up for sale.
Calls to the home have not been returned.
Others have heard Georgiou is in Greece.
Tomada has worked for Georgiou twice in the past — her latest stint began in December and she works the day shift — and said she was stunned by recent occurrences.
“I thought I knew George,” she said.
“But, he’s been evasive for weeks. There’s been a whirlwind of uncertainty.”
Tomada said the last time Georgiou was seen in the restaurant was on Sunday, March 10, when he hosted a party for local RCMP officers and a provincial liquor inspector.