Photos, clockwise from above: Groom Andreas Tsoukalas and Soso Kontis; Joe Jr. founder Teddy Handros, in gray suit, third from right, with other Joe Jr. staffers and relatives; Handros forgets about the restaurant business for a while.
Joe Jr.s big, fat Greek wedding sees Soso marry
By Ed Gold
The popular luncheonette Joe Jr., at 12th St. and Sixth Ave., lost one of its regular staffers when Soteria Kontis, known to everyone as Soso, married Andreas Tsoukalas on Sat., Sept. 12. The reception took place with 250 guests in attendance at the The Graycliff, in Moonachie, N.J., with the band playing from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. The wedding Mass took place earlier at St. Irene Church in Astoria.
Soso leaves the family-run eatery after six years of serving a very diverse clientele, including notables like Steve Forbes, the magazine magnate; Bob Kerrey, president of The New School; former Schools Chancellor Anthony Alvarado; and actors Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick and Benjamin Bratt.
The family team at Joe Jr., which was founded more than 30 years ago by Teddy Handros, includes his sons Nick and Gregory; the brides mother, Efharis, known as Effie; and her aunts, Kyriak, called Kiki, and Paracivi, who is Vivi to everyone. Others who help out include the brides brother, Constantino Gus, of course and cousins Gregory Vassilakis and Maria. The brides father, Vasilios, flew in from Greece, where he once raised sheep but is now a chef.
Two members of the family missed the big, fat party. Teddys son Gregory and Kiki were at 12th St. running the restaurant.
Soso has a B.A. from Queens College, and plans to work on a masters and become an early-childhood teacher. The groom, coincidentally, is in the restaurant business.