Cafe Zesty

12.1993- 11-1994


Cafe Zesty was a true innovator and leader in the restaurant renaissance that took place in Philadelphia's Manayunk section in the early 1990's. Specializing in Greco-Roman cuisine, Zesty introduced the area's first imported brick oven, Italian cappuccino machine and instituted the area's first non-smoking policy in 1993.

Zesty was carefully designed to embrace an old world Mediterranean style with exposed brick walls, marble tables and hardwood floors. This timeless design and unique cuisine allowed Zesty to thrive for over 20 years as a premier restaurant.

The real scoop:

My partner was one of the funniest and talented individuals I have ever met. Born in the Greek Isle, we worked together at Fleetway Leasing and both yearned for something creative.

, Co-founded, built and established 150-seat old-world style restaurant in Manayunk. Developed advertising and marketing programs, promotions and creation of corporate vision. Managed food quality assurance. Worked with local news media to gain exposure from broadcasts during festivals and events. Featured on numerous television spots spotlighting unique cuisine, cooking methods and decor. Innovations included introducing the area's first imported wood burning oven, non-smoking policy and limousine service for patrons.


Press 001: At Cafe Zesty, go for the Food

Press 002: Vegetable Dishes are a strong suit in Cafe Zesty's Mediterranean fare

Press 003: Greek and Italian meet in Manayunk and the matchup is a zesty success

Press 004: At Zesty pizza is only a side

Press 005: Cafe Zesty Adds To The Plethora Of Eateries In Manayunk

Press 006: Philabundance Feast

Press 007: Restaurants with fine wine, food and service

Press 008: Local newscasters at Zesty