It all started in 1928...
Zack Touloupas was born in Karpernisi in the northern mountains of Greece. After attending school in Istanbul, he first came to the United States with his father in 1912.
In 1924, he visited Miami because “someone told me if I dig around in the sand, I would find a $20 gold piece” quoted Mr. Touloupas in an article published by the Durham Herald in the early 1970’s. The money never materialized so he eventually settled in Columbia, South Carolina and worked at the Capital Café.
After moving to North Carolina, he worked temporarily at the old Crystal and Royal Cafes in Durham. Sometime in 1928 word circulated through the “Greek Grapevine” about a restaurant for sale in Burlington. Zack quickly bought Alamance Hot Wienie Lunch and moved his family of four to the upstairs of the rented building.