FIVE more days until I host my 1st Annual ‘Successful, Professional, & Social’ Brunch! Cynthia G. Peacock, Monika Phillips, and Luke Burke, are just a few of the successful, professional, and of course social guests that will be attendance.
It’s all about supporting & acknowledging our peers who are having a positive and effective impact in their respective industries!
“Shortly before the first restaurant opened, Harry sat on a near-by park bench worrying about whether he would earn any money at it, he recalls. A stranger sat down, heard his story and patted him on the back. “You have no idea what kind of business you’ll do”, Harry remembers the woman saying”.
A native of Sparta, Greece, Harry Poulakakos traveled to the United States in 1956 in hopes of finding a wealthy uncle in America. When the man turned out to be a coffee shop counterman, Harry took his first job in Brooklyn at an ice cream parlor. After a brief stint in Manhattan at George’s restaurant learning the bar, Harry found himself at the historical Oscar’s Delmonico’s.
In 1972, after fourteen years in management positions within Oscar’s Delmonico’s, Harry found the perfect space for his own venture, Harry’s at Hanover Square, in the basement of the historical India House building. Together with his wife Adrienne, Harry successfully opened three locations, with additional spaces within the American Stock exchange building as well as The Woolworth Building. Harry’s at Hanover Square quickly became a Wall Street institution, and was immortalized in novels such as Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities as well as Brett Easton Ellis’s American Psycho. In 1976 Adrienne gave birth to a son, Peter, whose birth was celebrated on the front page of The Wall Street Journal. As Peter grew he took pride in working within his father’s restaurants, from sweeping the floor of the bar to eventually running the outgoing business during the summers. In 1998, after graduating from Georgetown University, Peter opened his first restaurant, Bayard’s, a French American restaurant located on the second floor of the India House building directly above Harry’s at One Hanover Square. His first pastry shop, Financier Patisserie, with partner and executive pastry chef Eric Bedoucha, was opened in 2002 on Stone Street, followed in 2003 by Ulysses’ Folkhouse.
For thirty years, Harry’s at Hanover Square was a favorite haunt of traders who came to celebrate or commiserate over the state of the market. In 2003, following the death of his wife Adrienne, Harry shut the doors of the last remaining location. In the years that followed Peter opened two additional Financier locations as well as Adrienne’s Pizzabar, named for his mother. After contemplating selling the space at Hanover Square to other reputable steakhouses, Harry decided the only person worthy of obtaining the restaurant would be his son, Peter. After meeting with his partners in Ulysses’ Folkhouse, Danny McDonald and Michael Jewell, Peter decided to revive Harry’s with a fresh look and feel, staying true to the original architecture of the space while adding a modern lighting scheme and professional sound system. After much consideration the large bar that had signified the old Harry’s was removed and the restaurant was reborn into two distinctly separate environments, a formal steakhouse and a more casual cafe.
When asked about his decision to reopen Harry’s at Hanover as Harry’s Cafe and Steak, Peter responded, that reopening “softens the blow for my dad” of having closed the old place. “In part we are doing it for downtown, and in part, we are doing it for Harry”.
In April of 2007 Peter and Harry opened their eighth venture, Gold St, which they own and operate with their partners Danny and Michael.