The owner of Skorpios Restaurant in Huntington Village is retiring, and friends and family are planning a farewell party for him on Saturday.
Theotokis Goussis, who is also known as Dennis, is 76.
It will also be the last weekend the restaurant is fully open. His daughter Christina Goussis-Koukounas, said on Facebook that “We will be open a couple weeks longer after that but just for takeout.”
The announcement on Facebook was filled with comments praising the family and restaurant, including several posts in Greek.
“Such a wonderful family and restaurant, we all know Scorpios is the best Greek food in H-Ton! Wishing Mr. Goussis a very happy retirement!!” One person posted.
Another wrote, “Congratulation’s to Denise and your family for the love and great food to Huntington. I love your family and wish all them a great retirement.”
“We will be hosting a Goodbye event at Skorpios Restaurant on Saturday, February 25th, where you can stop by and say your farewell to Dennis. The Goussis Family will be present from 3pm-8pm and would love to see you!” the restaurant said.
During the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, Skorpios continued to operate takeout services. Like other restaurants, Skorpios also contributed to a Huntington Hospital meals program that provided meals to heatlhcare workers strained by the workload. He also came down with Covid himself a few months later but recovered.
Over the years, Goussis and the restaurant, with the help of his wife, Eleni and four children, contributed to many causes, including feeding the homeless.
The sign over the restaurant at 340 New York Ave., says it has been family owned and operated for 50 years.
Goussis came to the United States from Greece, and, his daughter said, plans to spend some of his summers back in his home country.
Dennis Goussis at right as in-house dining was shut down. March 2020./ HuntingtonNow photo