Old is New Again

Old Venice, a family-run institution serving Greek and Italian cuisine in downtown Manhattan Beach since 1984, has recently reopened its doors.

Old Venice, a family-run institution serving Greek and Italian cuisine in downtown Manhattan Beach since 1984, has recently reopened its doors.

After a tragic year that included a devastating fire and the sad passing of Jimmy Hantzarides, the family recalls the generosity of the South Bay community during the rebuilding process. “After the fire, there was a fire fund that helped all the business owners and their employees. There was a tremendous amount of support, and it gave us the courage to rebuild,” says owner Julie Hantzarides. “After my husband’s passing, the community set up a memorial fund that also helped us financially and emotionally to know that the support was still out there for us to continue with our rebuilding efforts.”

Julie notes that South Bay patrons are once again lining up with their patronage. “What excites me most about being back in business is my customers,” she says. “Through all the hard work, the reward is seeing the familiar faces. The same people with the same orders, the children who have grown so much in the past 3 years, the standing reservations for a favorite table, the warmth and love that we receive each time we see them. This community is like no other. If not for the people of this community, I might not have persevered. It has truly been a “welcome back” that we are extremely grateful for.

Visit the “new” Old Venice just south of the Manhattan Beach pier at 10th Street. oldveniceonline.com.

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