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Tommy Giannakopoulos

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“In Greece we were very poor. With a boat it took me 14 days. America has been very good to me.”

Tommy Giannakopoulos was one of many children who lost parents in what he calls the German War. “We were very poor. We maybe had bread sometimes.” A relative put him on a boat to America.

He took a train south from New York and met John Livaditis, who had recently started Zesto, an iconic soft serve ice cream restaurant that this month celebrates 65 years in Atlanta with six locations. After 62 years, he still works two days a week at the Ponce location.

“Zesto has been everything to me and my family. It’s the only work I ever did.”

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