Man Who Ran 4 New York Eateries, Popular Hudson Valley Diner Dies
A man who owned four New York restaurants, including a popular Hudson Valley diner has passed away.
John Daskalis, 63, passed away on Monday, April 25, 2022, at his home, after an illness, his obituary states.
Daskalis, was born on August 1, 1958, in Greece. He was the owner and operator of Johnny D’s Restaurant in New York and most recently in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
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Daskalis passed away after battling cancer for several months, his daughter, Jamie, wrote in a Facebook post posted by his restaurant.
"It is with great sadness that I inform everyone, our beloved Johnny D, passed away yesterday evening. He had been battling cancer for several months, fighting so hard, but unfortunately this one was too big of a battle. My father was the strongest man I ever met. He taught us so much about discipline, hard work, being strong, love, life and just everything a father & husband is supposed to be. We will miss him every day and use the knowledge of what he taught us to continue his legacy," Johnny D's Waffles & Benedicts, Myrtle Beach, wrote on Facebook.
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Daskalis operated four restaurant locations in New York, including Coney Island in Middletown and Johnny D's in New Windsor, New York according to the Johnny D's website.
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His daughter, Jamie Daskalis, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with a degree in Baking & Pastry.
"Growing up her father had four restaurant locations in New York. It was in those restaurants that her love of the food started. After graduation, she started working at her father's smallest restaurant called Coney Island, located in Middletown NY. As (the) business grew and things were going well, a new opportunity arose in Myrtle Beach and she grabbed it," the Johnny D's website states about chef Jamie.
After leaving New York, John Daskalis moved to South Carolina where he opened up three successful Johnny D's locations. One in Myrtle Beach, the other in Norht Myrtle Beach and most recently, during the height of the 2020 pandemic, one in Surfside Beach, South Carolina.
"His family and his customers meant the most to him. He put us all before himself everyday. He loved all of his customers so much. He was always so excited to see y’all day after day, it was what he lived for. To his last day he made sure the restaurants and his customers where being taking care of, and we are here now to continue that," Jamie wrote on Facebook. "Don’t worry Daddy … We got this!! Get some rest now."
Funeral services for "Johnny D" are set for Friday, April 29, 2022, at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Burial will follow at Southern Palms Memorial Gardens.