When Erion Lenas was a toddler, he watched his uncle Spyros Lenas, often known as Pop, serve free Thanksgiving meals yearly at his restaurant, Pop’s Place.
Pop handed away 4 years in the past, however in April of final 12 months, his nephew opened one other restaurant with the identical identify in Morris County.
The identify will not be the one approach Lenas is paying tribute to his uncle. On Thursday, Lenas provided free meals to anybody who needs to come back to the Rockaway Township restaurant and eat an official Thanksgiving dinner.
“This neighborhood has been so good to us,” Lena advised NJ Advance Media. “And the least we will do is pay them again with a free Thanksgiving meal.
“My uncle, Pop, did this yearly, and we’re simply persevering with his legacy.”
Lenas will always remember the reminiscence of his uncle and the way he fed the hungry and those that didn’t have household each Thanksgiving.
“Pop did lots for this the neighborhood,” Lenas mentioned. “He was self-made immigrant from Greece and didn’t have household across the holidays. That’s why he had a mushy spot in his coronary heart for these like him.”
This 12 months’s Thanksgiving meal at Pop’s Place included all of the fixings, based on the overall supervisor at Pop’s Place, TJ Grey.
“We’re making ready round 300 meals,” Grey mentioned earlier than the festivities. “Will probably be the standard Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy and apple pie a la mode with vanilla ice cream.”
Pop’s place is understood a spherical Dover and Rockaway for scrumptious meals served shortly.
“Our prospects love to choose their meal up and sit exterior beneath the umbrellas,” Grey mentioned. “Our meals is straightforward, and hopefully, it would create somewhat nostalgia for when issues have been somewhat easy. We serve the meals we grew up consuming.”
Lenas will always remember his uncle and the teachings he discovered from him.
“Pop taught me to remain humble and at all times do the best factor,” he mentioned. “Easy to say however onerous to do. We’re so humbled to serve free meals this Thanksgiving. It means lots that folks of this neighborhood spend their cash with us, and we wished to provide again as we speak.”
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