Council president Michael Mikulich presented William Barlamas and family with a proclamation that thanks and applauds Alexander’s for their civic activism, business success and long-tenure.
On Feb. 2, 1952, Alexander and Constance Barlamas opened Barlamas’ Luncheonette in the 700 block of Merchant Street, flourishing their endeavor in the early 1960s into Barlamas’ Restaurant. The establishment fed many Ambridge families and steel mill workers. In September 1981, William and Kay Barlamas advanced the Barlamas business model to the next level, completely changing the format of the restaurant, and created “Alexander’s,” in honor of their parents who founded the original luncheonette.
Mikulich told the family he has fond childhood memories of going to the restaurant, particularly as a student at the old St. Veronica's school.
"When I was in high school, when we were done with the basketball games, all of the Catholic school kids would go down to James Restaurant or K&N Restaurant and then we would be thrown out of that place. So across the street was Barlamas Restaurant, and Mrs. Barlamas welcomed us in there everytime we went into that place."
"It was just wonderful, but she always did say 'you boys better behave yourselves.'"
Alexander’s Restaurant Day recognizes the efforts of William and Kay Barlamas and their children Tom and Alex who have created, nestled and promoted Alexander’s to serve fresh seafood and meats, and boast a reputation for being one of the best restaurants in the Greater-Beaver County area, while also providing a full-compliment catering service.
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