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Greenwich Village, Manhattan — This interaction is a phenomenon present across the diners of New York City, which have transitioned slowly from primarily Greek owners and workers to a heavily Hispanic staff. As Greeks grow old and retire and their children go on to pursue professional careers outside of the restaurant business, there’s no influx of fresh Greek blood to takeover. Workers from Mexico and other Latin American countries have filled the void.
In this vignette we hear from Luis “Wicho” Dominguez, 56, a Mexican immigrant who is a cook at Cozy Soup ‘n’ Burger in Greenwich Village. Dominguez has been working at the restaurant on and off for about thirty five years and over time has picked up some Greek and made a few friends at that. In the clip he interacts with George Margetousakis, 63, a Greek waiter who also works at the diner and has managed to learn a few words of Spanish himself.
This piece is the first glimpse into a larger work investigating the culture of Greek diners in the tri-state area. Do you know a Greek diner with a story to tell? Please e-mail Oresti with a tip.