Daphne's Greek Cafe

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IndustryFood And Beverage
Founded1991; 32 years ago (1991)
FounderGeorge Katakalidis
Los Angeles, California
Area served
ProductsGyros and Kabobs
ServicesSit down and take-away fare

Daphne's Greek Cafe or, Daphne's California Greek is an American fast-casual Greek restaurant operating in California. The restaurant name refers to Daphne of Greek mythology whom the god Apollo desired.

Daphne's was rated #11 in 2006 Top 100 Movers and Shakers in the Fast Casual magazine.

Named after the Greek symbol for excellence, Daphne’s Greek Café is a trendsetter in fast casual. The 70-unit chain recently implemented an English-speaking course for its employees. Throw in the best chain gyros and you’ve got one heckuva restaurant.

— Fast Casual Magazine, January 2007[1]

Daphne's was voted Best Greek in the June 2008 issue of San Diego Magazine.[2]


Daphne's Greek Cafe was founded by George Katakalidis in 1991. The chain entered bankruptcy in January 2010.[3] It currently has 60 locations throughout Arizona and California and was recently purchased out of bankruptcy by an investor group headed by William Trefethen. In 2011, Daphne's name changed to Daphne's California Greek with a new concept that has been characterized as: a “hybrid” of California-meets-Greek cuisine, with an emphasis on freshness.[4]

Daphne's California Greek continued their re-branding effort under William Trefethen group for about 4 years before suddenly selling the company to a Chicago investment group named Victory Park Capital.[5]

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  1. ^ "Top 100 Mover's and Shakers" (PDF). Fastcasual.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  2. ^ "2008 Readers' Poll Picks-Best Greek". San Diego Magazine. Archived from the original on 2011-08-07. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  3. ^ "Daphne's Greek Cafe bankrupt". Orange County Register. 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2020-01-29.
  4. ^ "Daphne's Greek Café plans major overhaul". Nation's Restaurant News. Archived from the original on 2011-01-06. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  5. ^ Weisberg, Lori. "Daphne's chain in Carlsbad is sold". sandiegouniontribune.com. Retrieved 2017-01-20.

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