John and Francesca Vrattos had a wonderful life of family, travel, and career success; he as the sales manager at Parisian Bakery/Colombo Baking Company, she as an office manager. Then came the recession. Both were laid off from their jobs in 2009, and eventually they lost their home.
That Christmas, their daughter gave them a Kitchen Aid mixer. “I always loved to cook, and we began making sausages,” Francesca says. Though she was completely self-taught, her first recipe, a Greek-influenced pork sausage called Loukaniko, was a hit. With a few more recipes developed, she and John decided to open a restaurant.
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