Demetrios Salivaras has literally grown up in the restaurant business.
And his experience shows in his new Tarpon Springs restaurant, Dimitri's on the Water, which is right across the street from the famous Mykonos restaurant owned by his father, Andy.
"I was born in a bus-tub," Salivaras said. "That's what I say. I was born in a bus-tub because my parents have been in the business forever. I was brought in this business as a young kid, learned a lot from my father and then I had the opportunity to go on to school. I went on to (the) Culinary Institute of America and got the formal training that I needed, and now it's showing."
Salivaras is hoping two factors will contribute to success: a beautiful waterfront locations and fresh Florida seafood. And it doesn't hurt to be across from his father's place.
"That restaurant has been there 20-plus years, and it's done very well," he said. "And so what I try to do is reflect … what my father's done and work that way."
While Salivaras said the restaurant sticks to its Greek roots, a big emphasis is bringing in fresh, domestic seafood. He said they use 10 to 15 boats to go out and bring back fresh fish.
"All fresh, domestic seafood," he said. "(There's) nothing from overseas. Everything's domestic, from our shrimp to our grouper, to our whole fish."
The only problem seems to be this question: Does one go to Dimitri's on the Water or Mykonos? The safe bet is to go to both.
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