CULTURE

Celebrating among celebrities at the revamped GB Corner restaurant

A new era starts for the GB Corner, the famous restaurant at the Grande Bretagne Hotel, opposite Parliament House and right on Syntagma Square. Popular with journalists and parliamentary deputies, it is also a meeting place where business deals are concluded, a perfect place for working lunches. After a complete overhaul of the historic hotel, the GB Corner had a complete facelift; the partitions that allowed customers some seclusion within their own group were removed. After listening carefully to customer’s comments, the managing director, Panos Laskaridis of Hyatt Hellas, with the approval of the vice president of Lampsa SA Apostolos Doxiadis, had the partitions, made of decorated glass this time, put back. So customers once more have their privacy and the GB its familiar look. Last Wednesday, the hotel was inundated with Constantines and Elenis celebrating their name day – Constantine Angelopoulos, the president of the Hellenic Society for the Protection of the Environment and Costas Karras of Cultural Heritage, Costas Souyioultzoglou, Eleni Samarra-Constantakatou, Eleni Aroni and of course Helbi in the role of coordinator, with her granddaughter Eleni as hostess, cutting the huge ice cream cake for their guests. A very Greek celebration, with wishes flying from one table to another, and with the other restaurant guests sharing in the festivities – and the ice cream cake! At the GB Corner, customers are made to feel at home, so the day somewhat resembled the traditional name-day celebrations with friends dropping by our own homes. Other famous Constantines celebrating on the day were President Costis Stephanopoulos, who was on an official visit to the island of Corfu, Prime Minister Costas Simitis in London in his capacity as head of the rotating European Union presidency, along with his wife Daphne and their daughter Fiona. The honorary president of the New Democracy party Constantine Mitsotakis was in Germany. Today he returns to Greece with his wife Marika to prepare for a reception at their Glyfada home for their 50th wedding anniversary on June 6. ND President Costas Karamanlis celebrated quietly with his wife Natasha, who is expecting twins in early June, at about the same time as the new magazine in Kathimerini’s Greek edition is to be launched.