Fort Pierce, Florida. Konstantinos "Gus" Rithianos, long time resident of New Jersey, passed away in his Hutchinson Island Florida home on October 11, 2001 at 2:15 p.m. Gus was born the eight child in Kallimasia, Xios, Greece, to George and Aggeliki Rithianos on July 10, 1924. He was 77 years old.
Gus is survived by his wife of 52 years, Irene Veziriani Rithianos, his daughter and son in law: Olga and Trent Jones of Ojai, CA, his son and daughter in law: George and Ranee Rithianos of Tuckerton, N.J., two sisters: Chriso Ganiaris and Vasso Lamprinoudis of Greece, six grandchildren Anna Jones, Cassandra Jones, Konstantinos George Rithianos, Irene Dimitria Rithianos, John Rithianos and Angela Rithianos and by his great granddaughter: Irene Caterina Rithianos.
Gus was an honored soldier in the 1948 Greek Civil War and was wounded in battle. He and Irene were married in Greece in 1950 and moved to America in 1955. When Gus arrived in America he saw immediately this was the land of great opportunity. He loved America and would say often that “this is the greatest country in the world and anything you want is available to you with hard work and using your mind.” When he came to America, Gus settled in Woodbridge, N.J. In 1969 he moved to Barneget, N.J. where he resided until he and his wife moved to Florida this past summer.
He was member of St. Barbara’s Orthodox Church in Toms River.
During his 45 years in America he owned seven businesses, over 22 real estate properties and 52 brand new cars. He sent both of his children to college and helped many of his family and friends in developing their businesses and in buying real estate.
Gus owned and operated four well known restaurants in New Jersey: the Lucky Corner Restaurant in Woodbridge (1962), the Brookside in New Brunswick and the Shefield Diner in Barnegat (1969), Gordon’s Family Restaurant in Forked River (1974) and the El Greco Manor in Brick Town (1978). He loved his customers and always strived to give them more than they expected, serving them the best quality and the best prices.
Services will begin on Saturday, October 20, 2001, at 10:00 a.m. in the McCriskin Home For Funerals, 2425 Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ, followed by a Church Service at 11:00 a.m. in St. Demetrius Greek Catholic Church, Perth Amboy, NJ. Interment will follow in the Clover Leaf Memorial Park, Woodbridge, NJ.
With Irene and family Gus made their dream come true in America.
Konstantinos "Gus" Rithianos
Wednesday, October 17, 2001
Asbury Park Press
Konstantinos Gus Rithianos, 77, of Fort Pierce, Fla., formerly of Barnegat, died Thursday in his Hutchinson Island, Fla., home. He was born the eight child in Kallimasia, Xios, Greece, to George and Aggeliki Rithianos, on July 10, 1924. He was an honored soldier in the 1948 Greek Civil War and was wounded in battle. He and his wife Irene were married in Greece in 1950 and moved to America in 1955. When he arrived in America he saw immediately this was land of great opportunity. He loved America and would say often that “this is the greatest country in the world and anything you want is available to you with hard work and using your mind.” When he cam to America he settled in Woodbridge. In 1969 he moved to Barneget, where he resided until he and his wife moved to Florida this past summer. He was a member of St. Barbara Orthodox Church, Toms River. During his 45 years in America he owned seven businesses, more than 22 real estate properties and 52 brand new cars. He sent both of his children to college and helped many of his family and friends in developing their businesses and in buying real estate. He owned and operated four well-known restaurants in New Jersey, the Lucky Corner Restaurants in Woodbridge (1962), the Brookside in New Brunswick, and the She loved his customers and always strived to give them more than they expected, serving them the best quality and the best prices. A practical man, his philosophy in life was that “life is to live, not a problem to solve.”
Kostantinos Rithianos, 77, owned several restaurants
Services for Konstantinos Gus’ Rithianos, 77, of Hutchinson Island, Fla., a former New Jersey resident, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the St. Demetrius Greek Catholic Church, Perth Amboy, after the funeral from the McCriskin Home for Funerals, 2425 Painfield Ave., South Plainfield.
Mr. Rithianos owned and operated several restaurants – The Lucky Corner in Woodbridge, the Brookside in New Brunswick, the Shefield Diner in Barnegat, Gordon’s Family Restaurant in Forked River and the El Greco Manor in Brick before retiring.
He served in the 1948 Greek Civil War, and was wounded in battle.
Born in Kallimasia, Xios, Greece, Mr. Rithianos lived in Woodbridge and Barnegat before moving to Florida this past summer.
Surviving are Irene, his wife of 52 years; a daughter, Mrs. Olga Jones; a son, George; sisters, Mrs. Chriso Ganiaris and Mrs. Vasso Lamprinoudis; six grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Gordon’s Restaurant & Bake Shop
Cliff Munson – Manager Gus Rithianos – Owner
Open 24 hours 7 days
For the tastiest bakery goods and sea food, go to Gordon’s Restaurant & Bake Shop, on U.S. Hwy #9, in Forked River, phone (609) 693-6613.
As you enter this fine establishment you will immediately smell the fresh bakery items they have for you… including homemade bread, cookies, pies, doughnuts and rolls. Their sea food menu includes, lobster, fresh shrimp and flounder, oysters and many other daily specials.
Success and happiness depend upon your health and our health depends to a large extent upon the quality of the food we eat. Recogninzing this responsibility, these bakers have continued their efforts to bake an even better product. Nothing is used in this process of baking but the fines ingredients; mixed and baked by means of scientific and sanitary methods by master bakers. The same attention is given to all sea food prepared by their professional chefs.
See that your next grocery order includes bakery products. It contains a high percentage of nutritive elements and is one of the best foods for the children at luncheon and meals. High protein and nutritive elements are also contained in all the sea food prepared and served in their restaurant.
We the editors of this 1978 Ocean County Historical Review would like to commend this bakery and restuaruant on their fine tasting and quality baked goods and sea food.
New El Greco Theater Born from Wife’s Wish
Brick Township – Irene Rathianos likes theater so much her husband, the owner of the El Greco Restaurant on the Laurelton Circle, decided to give her one.
On Friday evening the El Greco Dinner Theatre will open its doors for the first time by offering Neil Simon’s “Come Blow Your Horn,” which when combined with dinner comes to $16 per person.
“For a few dollars more our customers can have a good meal and see some good theater,” Mrs. Rithianos said. “My husband wanted to make me happy and he didn’t want me to go to New York to see plays – so he brought them here.”
The theater seats 325 people and the cost for the evening includes tax and tip. Discounts are being offered for fund raising groups and senior citizens.
Nobody will be seated more than 100 feet from the stage in the renovated room at the restaurant. The 20 by 20-foot stage is two feet high and will have no curtain. The ceiling near the stage is being reworked to hide the lighting instruments.
People will be seated at round tables of eight or 10. Depending on how well the new theater fares, more renovations will be done at a later date.
Bob Bartola, who with Chester Gertner are producing the dinner theater, said they expect to draw an audience from both Monmouth and Ocean counties.
Gertner is known locally as the mentor of the Red Oak Music Theatre of Lakewood. He said he will remain with that theater and operate this as well with Bartola, who operates the McAteer’s dinner theater across from Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
Auditions will be held for local people, Bartola said, but mostly the shows will feature people garnered from New York auditions.
The first offering, which runs every Friday and Saturday evening with Wednesday matinee, will continue through July 19.
Opening July 28 and running through September 2 is another Neil Simon play, “Sunshine Boys.” The Broadway hit, “Pippin” will round out the summer season and run from September 8 through October 29.