During World War I, Greek immigrant Louis Pappas served in the Army as a personal chef to General John Pershing. To give the hungry general some extra nutrition, Louis began adding scoops of potato salad to his traditional greek salads. When Louis returned to the United States, he opened up his own restaurant, Louis Pappas Riverside Café, where he would re-create this signature dish using fresh produce from his own ranch in Tarpon Springs.
Today, Louis Pappas's grandson continues his grandfather's old Florida family tradition at Pappas Ranch. There, he and his kitchen serve up a new menu of fresh seafood, poultry, sandwiches, street tacos, hand-cut steaks, and barbecue dishes whose "family flair" has been lauded by Metromix Tampa Bay. They continue to scoop savory housemade potato salad into their internationally renowned Louis Pappas Famous greek salad, tossing it in massive bowls that serve as many as four diners. Bartenders dole out glasses of locally brewed craft beers and wine or mix cocktails and martinis at the full center bar with flat-screen TVs.
The restaurant's decor channels that of the original Pappas family ranch. In the dining room, spacious booths are surrounded by rustic wooden walls, and outside is a covered outdoor patio.
Densely leafed laurel oaks, blooming magnolias, and live oaks that can grow for 400 years. These are just a few of the tree varieties that Paul Bunyan Trees keeps in stock. Since 1979, the company's green-thumbed specialists have transported trees, often measuring 16 feet or taller, to clients' properties, planting them firmly in the soil. They're equipped to fill orders as small as one tree or as large as 1,000.
Bounce House’s indoor fun center is stocked with obstacles and play areas meant to entertain kids ranging from toddlers to 12-year-olds. They carom off the walls of inflatable slides and challenge gravity in air-filled jumps and moonwalks. All equipment—including the 30'x50' playground—gets sanitized, inspected, and tested for cooties on a daily basis to ensure safe play. Free wireless Internet access and a flat-screen TV are on hand to keep parents occupied.
A personal interest in diet and weight loss led founder Linda Parker to open Transformations, where she and her staff seek synergy between lifestyle change, medication, medical supervision, and proper diet guidelines. To this end, trained professionals walk with patients on the sometimes-difficult road toward their personal weight-loss goals. Nutritionally balanced diet protocol and dedicated coaches aim to help patients maintain a targeted healthy weight. Initial medication-assisted weight loss help clients begin shedding pounds, while recipes and food knowledge help educate patients for long-term results.