Going Greek: Mount Athos Restaurant tantalizes taste buds in Florence, Arizona (Teresa Bitler, 2015)

NOTE: The late George Koulouris (d. December 11, 2011) opened Mount Athos Restaurant & Café on the Feastday of St. Anthony’s, January 17th, 2005 with the blessing of Geronda Ephraim. Since the late 90’s, Geronda Ephraim has been giving blessings to close and loyal spiritual children to move closer to St. Anthony’s Monastery in Arizona. George Koulouris was the Treasurer for the Monastery’s shell corporation St. Stephen’s Foundation—which has a record of being one of the highest income nonprofits—for many years. After George’s death, his son Peter took over the family business. Peter also replaced George as Treasurer of St. Stephen’s Foundation. Peter is currently the Vice Chair of the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce http://florenceazchamber.com/board-members.htm

The following article is taken from High Roads Magazine, January/February 2015, p. 24:

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It was one monastery that drew the Koulouris family to Arizona, but 20 monasteries that inspired the name of their Florence cafe, Mount Athos Restaurant, where traditional Greek foods like rice-stuffed grape leaves, gyros, spinach pie, and sticky sweet baklava dominate the menu. Opened in 2005, the restaurant celebrates its 10th anniversary this January.

Owner Pete Koulouris, who began working in his family’s restaurant when he was 10 years old, explains that following 9/11, his parents decided to leave New York City and relocate near St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery in Florence. They actually ended up in Chandler, where he and his late father, George, started looking for space to open a restaurant.

A friend referred them to the current Florence location, but they still weren’t committed to serving Greek food until a contractor mistakenly posted, “Greek Restaurant Coming Soon.” Embracing the concept, they named the restaurant Mount Athos after the mountain on a steep, rocky peninsula in northern Greece that is home to 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries.

Traditional Cuisine

Locals between work shifts, seniors from Sun City Anthem, and visitors heading to or from the monastery fill the booths and tables of Mount Athos’ simply decorated interior, each savoring plates heaped with food.

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Koulouris recommends ordering the gyro platter, a mound of seasoned meat served with pita slices and tzatziki sauce. Or try the braised lamb, a meaty shank simmered with vegetables in a red wine sauce. It comes with a knife, but you won’t need it — the lamb falls apart under the slightest pressure. Mousaka, a layered dish of potatoes, ground beef, and eggplant covered in béchamel sauce, and the pasticio, penne pasta with ground beef, are other Greek favorites.

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Be sure to save room for dessert. No matter how tempting the homemade New York-style cheesecake and the baklava are, you’ll want to order galaktobouriko, a honey-glazed, filo-wrapped milk custard. “Pretty much everything we do here is traditional,” Koulouris says. “All our Greek dishes come from family recipes.”

Mount Athos is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and serves American and Italian dishes in addition to Greek fare.

Explore the Monastery

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Before or after your Greek feast, take the short drive southeast of Florence to St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery for a self-guided tour of the grounds and chapels established by six monks in 1995. Make the gift shop your first stop to ensure you are properly dressed and your last stop for local honey, olives, and bread.

TERESA BITLER is the author of Backroads & Byways of Indian Country.

http://highroads.az.aaa.com/article/going-greek

http://www.companiesinarizona.net/444-north-pinal-parkway-inc-10695850

https://scottnevinssuicide.wordpress.com/category/st-stephens-foundation/

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St Stephens Foundation (Yearly income of $1.63 million)

According to Corporation Records, “Abbot Paisios” (no last name) is the Principal for St Stephens Foundation.

Geronda Paisios never has a surname on legal documents.
Geronda Paisios never has a surname on legal documents.

According to Charity Records, St. Stephens Foundation is in the care of Dr. Constantine Moschonas, MD from Scottsdale, AZ. The address for the St Stephens Foundation is a house on Sycamore St. owned by the Koulouris Family. The phone # is listed as 520-836-9322 (This happens to be the number for Alan Crockett, which is a financial advisory firm for tax return preparation: 1266 E. Florence Blvd., Ste. 6, Casa Grande, AZ)

104 S. Sycamore St., Florence AZ.
104 S. Sycamore St., Florence AZ.

St Stephens Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable organization. Contributions are deductible. St Stephens reported $300 in assets as of year-end, placing it as one slightly smaller than the average organization. However, the reported income for St. Stephens Foundation was $1.63 million, which makes it one of the highest income nonprofits.

Records of the directors show the following:

  • Dr. Constantine Moschonas, MD, from Scottsdale, AZ is listed as President.
  • George Giannaris, from Regina, SK (Canada) is listed as Secretary.
  • Pete Koulouris of Florence, AZ is listed as Treasurer. Pete replaced George Koulouris as Treasurer in 2012. George Koulouris replaced Fr. Ilarion (St. Anthony’s accountant, originally George Skyriotis from Bethlehem, PA) in 2006. [Pete Kouloris also owns Mount Athos Restaurant & Cafe in Florence, AZ: http://mountathoscafe.com

St Stephens Foundation 1a

St Stephens Foundation 2a

On January 16th, 1999, the following individuals were elected to office as Additional Members of the Board of Directors:

  • John Mitchell of West Virginia
  • Theophanis Tsolitsos of Astoria, NY
  • Maria Tsolitsos of Astoria, NY
  • George Giannaris of Regina, SK (Canada)
  • George Koulouris of Whitestone, NY
  • Efstratios Madina of Mesa, AZ
  • Alex Trigonis of Santa Barbara, CA

St Stephens Foundation 2000 Additional Board members

The May 1st Foundation in Brookfield, WI, is a payee of the St Stephens Foundation.

In 2001, the following individuals were elected to office:

  • Dr. Constantine Moschonas, MD of Scottsdale, AZ
  • Bernie Dvorak of Gilbert, AZ
St Stephens Foundation Balance Sheet 2007, Total Assets: $668,180.
St Stephens Foundation Balance Sheet 2007, Total Assets: $668,180.

Basic info – 2012

 

EIN     860928860

Name   ST STEPHENS FOUNDATION

Contact           % DR CONSTANTINE MOSCHONAS

Address           104 S SYCAMORE ST

City     FLORENCE

State    AZ

Zip       85132-9528

Ruling date     200002

Tax period      201012

Assets  300

Income            1,626,693

Revenue          1,626,693

Deductability  Contributions are deductible

Foundation descrip     Organizations operated solely for the benefit of and in conjunction with organizations described in 10 through 16 above. 509(a)(3)

Subsection       Charitable Organization

Activity descrip         

Exempt descrip           Roman Catholic

http://pdfs.citizenaudit.org/2011_12_EO/86-0928860_990_201012.pdf

http://pdfs.citizenaudit.org/2010_12_EO/86-0928860_990EZ_200912.pdf

https://www.citizenaudit.org/csv/860928860/ (Spreadsheet)

Pete Koulouris replaces George Koulouris as statutory agent (2012).
Pete Koulouris replaces George Koulouris as statutory agent (2012).

May 1st Foundation (Payee of St Stephens Foundation)

Basic info – 2013

EIN     352219075      Name   THE MAY 1ST FOUNDATION INC

Contact           % JIM MOHR

Address           PO BOX 1463

City     BROOKFIELD

State    WI

Zip       53008-1463

Ruling date     200406

Tax period      201212

Assets  763,025

Income            326,671

Revenue          326,671

Deductability  Contributions are deductible

Foundation descrip     Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)

Subsection       Charitable Organization

Activity descrip         

Exempt descrip           Private Independent Foundations

Select 2013 structured data

Grants to organizations?       Y

Grants to individuals?            Y

Related entity?           Y

Related organization a controlled entity?     Y

Schedule O completed?          Y

Number forms transmitted with 1096            3

Number of employees 2

Employment tax returns filed?          Y

Reportable compensation from organization            41,538

Investment income      1,776

Total revenue 326,671

Grants to governments/orgs in the US          199,320

Grants to individuals in the US          31,996

Compensation of current officers, directors, etc       41,538

Other salaries and wages       38,077

Payroll taxes   6,259

Legal fees        24,438

https://www.citizenaudit.org/csv/352219075/ (Spreadsheet)

http://pdfs.citizenaudit.org/2011_12_EO/35-2219075_990_201012.pdf (2010)

http://pdfs.citizenaudit.org/2012_12_EO/35-2219075_990_201112.pdf (2011)

http://pdfs.citizenaudit.org/2013_12_EO/35-2219075_990_201212.pdf (2012)

http://pdfs.citizenaudit.org/2014_09_EO/35-2219075_990_201312.pdf (2013)

Chrisanthos Arvanitakis: Hieromonk, Construction Worker, Corporate Agent

 

Hieromonk Nektarios (Chrisanthos) Arvanitakis is originally from Toronto, ON. He went to Arizona to become a monk in 1996, with the blessing of his mother, Antonia. His younger brother, Nikos, went down to Arizona in the 2000s to become a monk. Antonia was at one time a spiritual child of Geronda Joseph in Picton, ON, but afterwards switched to Geronda Paisios.

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Far left: Hieromonk Nektarios (Chrisanthos Arvanitakis), originally from Toronto, Canada.

 

Fr. Nektarios is listed at:

  • 1797 N. Cochise Stronghold Rd., Cochise, AZ 85606-8650 [Phone # 520-826-3128]
  • 110 N. Cholla, Coolidge, AZ 85128-9035 [No phone #]
  • 4784 N St. Joseph’s Way, Florence, AZ, 85132
  • He also has an unlisted address in Scottsdale, AZ.

2001

Fr. Nektarios is both president and director of the Dormition of the Theotokos Monastery.

Dormition of the Theotokos, 2006
Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Monastery in Cochise Stronghold, 2006

Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Monastery, Inc., is an Arizona Non-Profit filed on November 29, 2001. The company’s File # is 10102583

The Registered Agent on file for this company is Chrisanthos Arvanitakis and is located at 4784 N St. Joseph’s Way, Florence, AZ, 85132. The company’s principal address is Chrisanthos Arvanitakis 4784 N St. Joseph’s Way, Florence, AZ, 85132. (This was later changed to P.O. Box 7, Coolidge, AZ 85228. However, the actual address of the Monastery is 437 N. Cochise Stronghold Rd., Cochise, AZ 85606).

 

Chrisanthos Dormition 2a

The company has 4 principals on record:

  • Chrisanthos Arvanitakis from Florence, AZ.
  • Dr. Alex J. Trigonis, DDS, from Santa Barbara, CA.
  • Dr. Constantine Moschonas, MD, from Scottsdale, AZ.
  • Haralambos Giannaris from Regina, Sask (Canada) [Is currently not listed on the forms]
  • Nicholas Arvanitakis, Fr. Nektarios’ younger brother, became Vice-President on August 8th, 2012. His address is listed as 437 N. Cochise Stronghold, Cochise, AZ 85606.
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List of Directors for Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Monastery, Inc.

(Dr. Alex J. Trigonis is the brother of the monk Fr. Arsenios, also a dentist, at St. Anthony’s Monastery. Their father also became a monk at St. Anthony’s Monastery and later became a schema-monk before he died. He is buried in the cemetery at St. Anthony’s. From the beginning, the Trigonis family has been large benefactors for the monastery.

The Giannaris family owns the famous Greko’s Greek Restaurant in Regina, Saskatchewan: http://grekosrestaurant.com/people.html )

NOTE: On March 25th, 1999, St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Monastery registered the Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Monastery, Inc., as a Domestic Not-For-Profit Corporation in New York under # 2360652. The company’s address was listed as St. Nektarios Greek, Orthodox Monastery, Inc., 100 Lake Anawanda Road, Roscoe, New York, 12776.

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On March 25th, 1999, St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Monastery registered the Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Monastery, Inc., as a Domestic Not-For-Profit Corporation in New York under # 2360652.

2002

Fr. Nektarios is the manager of Fistiki Farms

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Fistiki Farms aerial shot (1797 N Cochise Stronghold Rd, Cochise, AZ 85606, USA)

Fistiki Farms, L.L.C., is an Arizona Domestic LLC filed on June 26, 2002. The company’s File # is L10358088.

The registered agent for this company is Steven L. Bosse and is located at 3507 N. Campbell Ave #111, Tucson, AZ 85719. The company’s principal address is P.O. Box 7, Coolidge, AZ 85228.

The company has 2 principals on record. The principals are Chrisanthos Arvanitakis from Coolidge, AZ and Theotokos Greek Orth Dormition from Coolidge AZ.

(Note: Steven L. Bosse is a Lwayer specializing in taxes at Gabroy Rollman & Bosse PC http://www.gabroylaw.com/Attorneys/Steven-L-Bosse.shtml )

2008

Fr. Nektarios is the manager of Ipara, L.L.C.

Ipara Contracting License (St Stephens Foundation)
Ipara LLC Contracting License (St Stephens Foundation)

Ipara, LLC is an Arizona Domestic LLC filed on August 19, 2008. The company’s File # is L14714195. The registered agent on file for the company is Chrisanthos Arvanitakis and is located at 104 S Sycamore Street, Florence, AZ 85232.

The company has 2 principals on record. The principals are Chrisanthos Arvanitakis from Florence, AZ and St. Stephens Foundation from Florence, AZ.

IPARA LLC [Cropped]

 

(Note: The St. Stephens Foundation is an Arizona Non-Profit filed on June 12, 1998; File # 08426902. George Koulouris is the registered agent. The company’s principal address is also 104 S Sycamore Street, Florence, AZ 85232. The company has 3 principals on record:

  • Dr. Constantine Moschonas, MD from Scottsdale, AZ is listed as President.
  • George Giannaris from Regina, Sask (Canada) is listed as Secretary.
  • George Koulouris from Florence, AZ is listed as Treasurer.

However, there is also an individual who goes by the name of St Foundation and is associated with Ipara, LLC in Florence, AZ) See: https://scottnevinssuicide.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/st-stephens-foundation-yearly-income-of-1-63-million/

 

IPARA LLC  2

2010

There are 2 companies that go by the name of Ocean View Farming LLC. These companies are located in Cochise Arizona and Modesto California. They are connected as the company contacts for the Cochise LLC are the members of the Modesto LLC

Ocean View Farming L.L.C. is an Arizona Foreign LLC filed on August 13, 2010. The company’s File # is listed as R16209422.

The registered agent on file for this company is Chrisanthos Arvanitakis and is located at 1797 N. Cochise Stronghold Rd, Cochise AZ 85606. The company’s principal address is the same.

The company has 2 Principals on record:

  • Benjamin Steele (Modesto, CA)
  • Jeffery D/Michele A. Curry (Modesto, CA)

(Note: Benjamin Steele also owns Steele Ventures, Inc.; a California Corporation filed on October 1, 2003, File # C2554018. Benjamin is the registered agent and is located at 427 Doherty Ave., Modesto, CA. The company’s principal address is PO Box 798, Modesto CA, 95353.)

Benjamin Steele of Modesto, CA.
Benjamin Steele of Modesto, CA.

Ocean View Farming LLC is a California Domestic Limited-Liability Company filed on May 18, 2010. The company’s filing status is listed as Active and its File Number is 201013910148.

The Registered Agent on file for this company is Benjamin Steele and is located at 427 Doherty Ave, Modesto CA 95354.

The company has 2 principals on record:

  • Benjamin Steele Trustee of the Benjamin J. Steele Revocable Trust dated March 10, 2005 from Modesto, CA.
  • Jeffery D. Curry and Michele A. Curry Trustees of the Curry Family Trust dated 11-21-08 from Modesto, CA.
104 S. Sycamore St Florence, Arizona
104 S. Sycamore St., Florence AZ.