The Greek Squad
How thinking ‘small’ paid off bigtime for
three boyhood friends
Siga siga. The Greek phrase means “slowly slowly,”
and that’s how three childhood friends developed their
idea for a restaurant.
Ted Xenohristos, Ike Grigoropoulos and Dimitri
Moshovitis are all children of Greek immigrants who
grew up in Montgomery County. They attended the same
church—St. George on Bradley Boulevard in Bethesda—
and played on the same basketball teams.
By 2005, Ted, now 36, and Ike, now 33, had finished
college and were waiting tables at Olazzo, an Italian restaurant in Bethesda, to pay the bills. Dimitri, 35, who had
dropped out of high school to become a chef, was cooking at the Tel Aviv Café, just around the corner. After
their lunchtime shifts ended, the three pals would hang
out, sharing coffee and dreams.
The Cava guys—
(from left) Ted
Moshovitis and Ike
small plates popular
in Greece, at their
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