Greeks Bearing Burgers
Utah’s unique meat-on-meat sandwiches please palates while arteries scream for mercy.
By Ted McDonough from The City Weekly
The year was 1978. The place, 200 South and 400 East in Salt Lake City. Two Greek immigrants opened a 70-seat restaurant in a long,
skinny building and served up a hamburger cooked over an open flame and topped off with pastrami, a luncheon meat.
That first Crown Burger'opened in what is now the parking lot north of today’s restaurant'was an immediate hit. One month after opening, a
constant line of customers streamed out the door, lip smacking for the namesake pastrami burger, said Rula Katzourakis, who owns the
restaurant with her husband John Katzourakis.
Seventeen years later, the number of Crown Burger outposts has multiplied to seven, each owned by one of Rula’s brothers, nephews or in-
laws, all members of a large family of immigrants from the Greek island of Crete named Katsanevas, and all seemingly bent on bringing their
signature burger to every corner of the Wasatch Front.
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