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Well known restaurateur died June 4

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Peter Moutsatsos and his uncle Gus helped start some of Sudbury’s top eateries.

BY Darren MacDonald

A giant in Sudbury’s restaurant community has passed away. Peter Moutsatsos, 83, died Sunday surrounded by his family.

Gus’s Restaurant on Elm Street has been a staple of the Sudbury restaurant scene since it was opened in 1952 by Shirley and Peter Moutsatsos. Mr Moutsatsos passed away June 4 at age 82.

A giant in Sudbury’s restaurant community has passed away. Peter Moutsatsos, 83, died Sunday surrounded by his family.

Gus’s Restaurant on Elm Street has been a staple of the Sudbury restaurant scene since it was opened in 1952 by Shirley and Peter Moutsatsos. He passed away June 4 at age 82.

Along with their uncle Gus Lagges – who came to Canada in the 1920s – Peter and his brother George opened Gus’s Restaurant in 1952, not long after coming to Sudbury. The family hailed from Metamorfosis, Greece, a suburb of Athens. He and Shirley married when she arrived in 1959.

“My late brother and I, when we arrived, we had $16 between us,” Peter said in a 2009 interview. “We worked very hard and we were very successful.”

Not only is the restaurant still operating 55 years later, but other immigrants from Metamorfosis worked at Gus’s before striking out on their own. Shirley’s sister, Toula Sakellaris, still owns the popular Apollo Restaurant on The Kingsway.

The owners of Mr. Prime Rib – George and Helen Roumanes — also hails from Metamorfosis, as does Junior Moutsatsos, the co-owner (with his wife Leslie) of P&M’s Kouzzina. Both worked at Gus’s before starting their own businesses.

He and Shirley had two children, Steve and Faye, and six grandchildren, Sophia, Alexander, Mina, Peter, Christina, and Christopher.

The funeral mass will be held on Friday June, 8  at 10:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 486 Ester Rd., with internment to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Peter and Shirley Moutsatsos Bursary at Laurentian University or St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

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