John Ginakes (proprietor of Winnipeg restaurants including Thunderbird and Johnny G’s) and Dmitris Scouras (Red Top) give us a glimpse into the community business networks established by post-WWII Greek immigrants that created some of Winnipeg's beloved burger joints.
Interview participants: John Ginakes and Dmitris Scouras
Written and Narrated by Zachary Hamilton
Produced by Kent Davies
Episode Image by Kimberley Moore
Theme Music by Robert Kenning
Blue Dot Sessions – “BurrowBurrow”
The Rosen Sisters – “Vari Hasapiko”
Marika Papagika – “Kremetai I Kapota Kalamantiano”
U.S. Army Blues – “Kellis Number”
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Preserves is made possible by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and assistance from the Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg.