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The celebration started on the sidewalk. Heart-shaped balloons, face-painting and t-shirts for sale with proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association got things going even before patrons stepped inside to celebrate and remember the life of restaurant owner Chris Sarantis.

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Spartans' Founder Honored

Family and friends celebrate the life of Chris Sarantis of Burke.

Is it always this packed on a Thursday evening at Spartans Family Restaurant in Burke? “We are always pretty busy, weekdays, weekends,” said George Sarantis, son of the establishment’s late owner and founder, Chris Sarantis, “but tonight it was a little different. Tonight, the line started early, at 5:30.”

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