When Stratos Lambos and Angelo Kaltsounis met while attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., both were sons of restaurateurs.
The two young chefs shared the same vision for creating a successful and renowned restaurant company. After earning a business degree in hospitality management in Florida, Lambos worked for “The Restaurant People” and met Tim Petrillo. He then moved to Atlanta to open Kyma, a Buckhead Life Group restaurant with Pano Karatassos, his college roommate and son of famous Atlanta restaurateur I. Pano Karatassos.
Karatassos senior has always been passionate about helping Lambos succeed, advised him in concepting a new restaurant with an upscale Greek and Italian mingled theme, minus the table clothes. The result was Ilios Noche, opened in Charlotte’s Ballantyne area 2003.
With the advent of its Chef-Driven Catering Company in 2006, Xenia Hospitality Group gained momentum alongside the other Charlotte restaurant groups.
It launched Nolen Kitchen in Myers Park in 2006, then conceptualized and created Big View Diner Lounge (now known as The Big View Restaurant & Bar), which opened in the Ardrey Kell area in 2009. In July 2012, Xenia made its presence on the ever growing Montford Drive, with its newest concept Maverick Rock Taco.