The idea of Athena Roasted Chicken started in 1985 while seating with a group of friends on a balcony in Limassol, Cyprus and watching the Carnival parade!
We were enjoying a take out meal from the famous Diomedes restaurant consisting of Rotisserie Chicken , Roasted Potatoes and other foods . We were all graduates of UCF and were planning our return to Orlando Florida to continue our careers . Even though at the time it seemed farfetched, we were entertaining the idea of opening together a restaurant in Orlando like Diomedes and serve Rotisserie Chickens. At that time in Orlando, even the concept of Rotisserie Chicken was not known!
Fast forward 2 years , I was back in Orlando , newly married and unemployed . I couldn’t find a job in my field of Computer Science so, I started working in a restaurant that my Future Partner Gus Maltabes just opened. I had worked for Gus while I was a student at UCF and it was understood that this was only temporary until I find a real job! Few months later we were talking about opening a restaurant together.
Of course , the idea of rotisserie chicken came up which Gus found intriguing but risky; so , the concept was developed to open a restaurant that would combine my ideas and Gus’s proven successful sandwich/deli restaurant. The idea worked ! we were packed from day one and got busier week after week and month after month. Thought the years we added many other items and subtracted some to come to todays Athena Roasted Chicken . Our dedication to simple good old fashion principles like Quality, Service and Value proved to be a recipe for success.
I wanted to thank our loyal customers of Maitland, Winter Park and surrounding areas that supported us thought the years and continue to do so today .