Fine Dining

Community Restaurant
10 Main St., Cortland NY 13045

Contact: Greg Katsoulis
Phone: (607) 756-5441
E-mail: Community_Restaurant@hotmail.com

Seating daily from 7am - 9pm. Serving fine Greek and Italian food. The Community's dinner entrees range in price from $10.95 to $18.95.

Description:

The Community Restaurant has been a fixture of Cortland’s Main Street since the 1930’s. Back then it was called the Community Coffee Shop; the restaurant became the Community Grill in 1940. The Souzas family purchased the business in 1965 and the establishment began its current incarnation as the Community Restaurant. Current owner Evan Souzas began working for his uncle as a dishwasher in 1997, then was a cook for 5 years before he had the opportunity to buy the business. It was an unexpected move for Evan, who put his last semester of college on hold to manage the Community.

Since the Community has been around for so long, most of the clientele are regular customers who enjoy the restaurant’s great Greek and Italian food, comfortable and classy atmosphere, and great service. Appetizers, soup & salad, and dessert are still included in the price of the meal, which makes the Community a rarity in the contemporary food industry. The place has a sense of history and local connection, embodied in the richly tinted woodwork and the butternut squash that Evan purchases from an East Homer farmer. The Community, however, is far from stagnant: Evan has plans to update and expand the restaurant while maintaining its ties to local history.

First on the list of renovations is the building’s façade, which is currently under construction (April 2007). Evan also has plans to renovate the bar so that it will be functional for serving drinks. Other plans are farther down the road, but Evan’s main goal is to give back to his regular customers and invite new patrons to experience the restaurant’s history. He hopes that people will come out of curiosity, but he’s sure that anyone who comes once will be back. Stop in for breakfast (the Community opens at 7 am) or a full-course dinner and see for yourself why the Community is the place to eat.

Interview with Evan Souzas, March 26, 2007