New Greek restaurant and casino opens on South Willow Street

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Dick Aganost (left) and New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu on Sept. 13, 2020. Photo/Andrew Sylvia

MANCHESTER, NH – On Sunday, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu and other dignitaries helped to simultaneously christen the Granite State’s newest Greek restaurant and its newest gaming facility.

The Filotimo Casino and Greek Restaurant and DraftKings Manchester Sportsbook join Granite State Poker and a newly renovated South Side Tavern Sports Bar in a 40,000 square-foot entertainment complex on South Willow Street just off Exit 1 on I-293.

A new HVAC air filtration system and other redesigns to the complex, owned by Anagnost Companies, cost $2.5 million with the facility now including sports betting, keno, card games and other offerings from the New Hampshire Lottery in addition to the charitable gaming activities already on site.

The menu for the new Greek restaurant portion of Filotimo comes from employee Tommy Katsiantonis, who works at South Side Tavern Sports Bar.

According to Dick Anagnost, president of the Anagnost Companies, the name for the new Filotimo Casino and Greek Restaurant came from a word in the Greek language that has no direct translation into English but roughly translates to a concept of philanthropy and hospitality that lies at the heart of Greek culture.

Anagnost also praised Sununu for his ability to encourage safety alongside continued economic development.

“We are beyond excited,” said Alex Anagnost, General Manager, Granite State Poker, the charitable game operator. “The facility looks incredible and we are proud to be offering a fun, safe environment where patrons can take advantage of a variety of entertainment options and the best Greek food the area has to offer.”

Sununu praised the various groups that came together to make the newly renovated complex a reality as well as other businesses continuing to invest in New Hampshire now and include greater safety measures in adapting to the pandemic rather than waiting for the pandemic to conclude.

“Things are really moving here in New Hampshire, but we don’t take anything for granted. Even the opening today will be a little different with masks and social distancing and all that kind of stuff, but we really will get back on track here as we finish 2020 and enter 2021,” said Sununu, adding that he saw New Hampshire as the gold standard in balancing safety and economic success.

Editor’s note/clarification: The original story should have identified Tommy Katsiantonis’ as an employee of the South Side Tavern. A 2018 conviction of tax evasion connected to the operation of Grand Slam Pizza II and Tommy K’s restaurants prohibits Katsiantonis from managing or operating a food establishment that processes meals and rooms taxes from customers. The South Side Tavern, formerly Jokers Sports Bar and Grill, is owned by Anagnost Companies according Dick Anagnost. It is managed by Soula Katsiantonis, wife of Tommy Katsiantonis, and Katsiantonis works at the tavern as chef. We strive for accuracy and make prompt corrections when there are reporting errors. Thank you for your patience. 
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Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and license to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.