STELLA'S HONORS RUSTIC & MODERN GREEK CUISINE, BRINGING THE FRESHEST INGREDIENTS & MEDITERRANEAN FARE TABLE SIDE
- Stella Dikos was born Stella Kafantaris in Trikala, Thessaly, Nazi-occupied Greece, 1942. The daughter of a tailor and beekeeper, she learned to cook from friends and family as a teenager.
- Following an arranged marriage to the late Stavros Dikos, Stella emigrated to the United States. Stavros opened Richmond’s historic Village Cafe in 1956 and in the early 60’s Stella joined behind the line, working day and night incorporating traditional Greek fare alongside American classics.
- In 1983, the first restaurant in her namesake opened doors on Harrison street, just steps from the Village Cafe. After a successful run into the early 90’s, the second iteration opened on Main Street in 1998, offering critically acclaimed eclectic cuisine.
- The current Stella’s marks a return to the heart of Greek cuisine. Anchoring a corner on Lafayette Street in Richmond, Stella Dikos’ home is a romantic and charming space. From the early morning until afternoon, you’ll find Stella herself crafting her famed recipes for all who pass through its doors. Stella’s favorite ingredients and prepared specialities are available for purchase across the street at Stella’s Grocery. In 2017, Stella’s opened a second location in Charleston’s historic Upper-King neighborhood, bringing her story and food to the Palmetto State.