Eugene honors Brooklyn restaurant for community service

Council Member Mathieu Eugene presents award to owners of George’s Restaurant.
Office of Council Member Mathieu Eugene

Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene says he has honored George’s Restaurant in Brooklyn for its “legacy of community service.”

On April 23, Eugene, who represents the 40th Council District in Brooklyn, said he was joined by former Borough President Marty Markowitz, former Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs, District Leader Jacob Gold and Commissioner of the New York City Emergency Management Department, Joseph J. Esposito, in presenting the owners of George’s Restaurant with a special citation in recognition of its over 63 years of service to Brooklyn.

The owners of George’s Restaurant are Peter-Harry Montauredes, and Michael and Peter Papazaharias.

The diner, which is considered by many to be one of Brooklyn’s landmark eateries, first opened in 1956, and continues to be owned and operated by the Montauredes family, Eugene said.

He said the award recognizes the restaurant’s “tremendous contributions to the community, not only as a restaurant but also as an institution that has a longstanding legacy of support for local charities and law enforcement.

“Let me say how honored and delighted I am to be here with real public servants,” said Eugene at the honor ceremony. “These are people who have been truly dedicated to serving our community.

“I want to say to the family, thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the history of Brooklyn,” he added. “When you talk about George’s Restaurant, you talk about Brooklyn. We must remember Harry for his outstanding service to our country; and, for that, we owe him so much.

“I want to commend the members of the family who are here with us,” continued Eugene. “When we talking about public service, New York City is safer because of people who serve the city, and this restaurant has done a tremendous job towards serving our men and women in uniform.”

On Aug. 3 last year, Eugene said he introduced legislation in the City Council to rename a stretch of Coney Island Avenue, “George’s Way.”

“And I want to thank Peter for everything that he is doing for the community and for his commitment to this wonderful neighborhood institution,” Eugene said.

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