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1424. What a name for a place of business! When people, who don’t know about our restaurant, are told the name of the restaurant--they usually ask for the name to be repeated.
But there is a story behind that name.
When Bob O’Farrell was trying to name this restaurant, he couldn't think of a name and no one else could offer any suitable suggestions. Being a bit perplexed, Bob looked out over the rustic antique door to the street number 1424. These letters just beamed out, and so 1424 was born. So on October 2003, 1424 began and has been in operation ever since. In July 2007, the ownership of 1424 was changed over to Aris Galanis. Aris dedicated himself to bringing 1424's customers the same great cuisine they had always enjoyed. New specials have also been added from lamb shanks to étouffée. Aris is committed to serving only the best.
New specials have also been added from lamb shanks to étouffée. Aris is committed to serving only the best.
Many people already knew Aris Galanis as the owner of another popular restaurant—Yianni’s in West which is located about 15 minutes North of Waco on Interstate 35. Sadly, Yianni’s last day of business was on October 28th, 2007 after serving for 5 years. Now the family can be together in Waco and focus all their attention on 1424.
You can see Yianni’s website also: www.yiannisrestaurant.com. Aris, his wife Kelly, and their three children moved to Texas in 2000 from Rhodes, Greece where they had lived for 16 years. Previous to this, Aris had already lived in Texas. He attended Abilene Christian University in 1978. There he met his wife and then they moved to Greece in 1984. In Greece, Aris was a business owner of two meat markets. His experience from cutting meats and making smoked meats has only made him better at what he does now. Also, before opening Yianni's, he was the seafood manager for H.E.B.
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