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Purcellville Blog: My Deli and Café celebrates 10 years

My Deli & Café located in Old Theatre Centre in Purcellville is celebrating ten years in business in October.

"It's been a good decade in rapidly growing Loudoun," said Tasos Vatikiotis, owner of the popular Greek Bistro.

When the Vatikiotis family purchased the Old Theatre Center building in 2004, it was in need of major renovations. They spent three years gutting it from top to bottom, including adding a second floor, bringing in new electrical wiring, underground pipes, and refreshing the exterior to make it more modern and a two-story business center.

"We liked the fact that it had so much history when we bought it and have enjoyed learning about that history over the years," Vatikiotis said, referring to the fact that the building was one of two popular movie theaters in the past and they wanted to keep the theme.

Tasos and his wife Mirela make the business a family-affair - customers are often warmly greeted by their young daughter and everyone is made to feel welcome.

"Business keeps growing every year and we are proud of that growth. Purcellville has blossomed into a vibrant town and we are proud to be a part of that movement. Everything we invested in and envisioned has happened," he said.

The menu includes traditional sub sandwiches but with a gourmet, Mediterranean touch. There are also salads, platters, samplers, dips, desserts, and more. They offer catering for special events, which are often at local vineyards and breweries, he said.

Vatikiotis comes from a family that owned and managed seven restaurants in the DC Metro area and in Athens, Greece.

"Family is #1 to me and we do many projects and ventures together and we are thankful and appreciative of the first 10 years we've had in Loudoun. It really is a great overall area and we are happy to grow with it," he said.

The anniversary celebration is this weekend, Oct. 28-29, and all of My Deli's customers can enjoy a free ice cream cone with their orders.

My Deli & Cafe is located at 860 East Main Street in Purcellville.

Blanket and Coat Drive for Syrian Refugees Kicks off Nov. 1: For three years, over 100 tons of blankets and coats have been collected and donated to Syrian Refugees, thanks in large part to the support from Loudoun County residents. After a break last year due to an unsettled political situation in Turkey, the blanket and coat drive returns this year to help an estimated one million Syrian refugees in Lebanon. From Nov. 1 to Dec. 2, gently used or new blankets and coats – in all sizes - may be dropped off at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, located at 711 Main Street in Purcellville Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bob Lazaro, who has personally visited with refugees in Turkey, said the donations are very well received by those who are in so much need and he thanks the community for their support with this project.

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