Although born in Boston, Eric Papachristos spent the first nine years of his life in Thessaloniki, Greece before returning to the US where his parents opened a mom-and-pop restaurant in weymouth, ma called “Niko’s”, cooking and serving American food to their patrons, all the while keeping a solidly Greek kitchen at home.
In 2011, Papachristos joined forces with renowned chef Jody Adams to open Boston’s award-winning restaurant TRADE in the Seaport District. In 2015 Papachristos and Adams teamed up with COO Jon Mendez to open Saloniki – a fun, energetic, Greek sandwich shop. Currently, there are three Saloniki locations – one in Boston’s Fenway and two in Cambridge. More are on the way. Finally, in 2016, Eric and Jody opened Porto, an upscale Mediterranean-inspired space with a fresh and relaxing energy in the heart of Back Bay. Eric is now thrilled to be back in his hometown of Weymouth as the new owner of the neighborhood favorite, The Venetian, located just steps from his parent’s diner.
An outsider could conclude that Papachristos is bent on building a restaurant empire (he has an MBA and a Master of Science in Finance). Those who know something about his family life will point to the Greek immigrant experience, with its emphasis on hard work, a love of Mediterranean food, and the pleasure of bringing people together over good meal. But from Papachristos’s view – the Greek world view – both perspectives are different sides of the same coin – business and pleasure. What makes anyone think they’re different?