Born in Korçë, southern Albania, then part of the Ottoman Empire, on July 28, 1911, he and his mother Evangeline traveled on a donkey to a port and emigrated to Bedford, New York in 1915–16, where his father, who was a mason, and siblings had settled. At the age of thirteen Athanas left school and worked in several restaurants until 1938, when he bought his first restaurant: Anthony's Hawthorne Café in Lynn, Massachusetts, which by the early 1950s had become the highest-grossing restaurant in Massachusetts, with profits of more than $1 million annually. In 1963, he opened Anthony's Pier 4, which by the early 1980s was grossing about $12 million annually and was the highest-grossing restaurant in the United States. His other restaurants include the Hawthorne by-the-sea Tavern in Swampscott, Massachusetts, and Anthony's Cummaquid Inn in Yarmouth Port.Read the rest of the Wikipedia article here.
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Country of origin: Albania Anthony Athanas (July 28, 1911 – May 20, 2005) was a multi-millionaire Albanian-American restaurateur and philanthropist. His restaurants include Anthony's Pier 4, one of the most successful in the USA. In 1976 the National Restaurant Association named him Restaurateur of the Year.