Beloved Hanover restaurateur Nicholas T. Mavros, pictured with his wife, Lona Mavros, died Sunday at age 64. "He was a very strong community
Beloved Hanover restaurateur Nicholas T. Mavros, pictured with his wife, Lona Mavros, died Sunday at age 64. "He was a very strong community supporter, and he always wanted to put Hanover and York County in the best light that he possibly could," Lona said. (Submitted)

The people of Hanover know Nicholas T. Mavros as part of the "Famous Hot Weiner" family: The restaurateur co-owned and operated the business from 1973 to 1999.

After Mavros, 64, died on Sunday after an illness, his family was left with memories of his determined spirit and dedication to the community.

For nephew George Keriazes, who now owns all three "Famous" locations with his brother Tim, Mavros' business sense was unwavering.

"I think he cared a lot about business and just tried to enjoy the work that he did," he said.

The bet: Keriazes, 42, of Hanover remembers a bet he made with his uncle in 1996.

Mavros bet that his 25-year-old nephew would get married before he was 30; Keriazes bet that he wouldn't. The loser was to take the winner on vacation to Pebble Beach, Calif., he said.

The two did more than just shake on it: The bet was written out and placed in a safe in the downtown Hanover shop, Keriazes said.

But 11 months before his 30th birthday, the safe and the document were lost when the restaurant was robbed, he said. Keriazes would've won the bet: He was 33 when he got married.

In true businessman fashion, Mavros called the bet a "wash," he said.

"He didn't pay up on it, because he said there's no proof," Keriazes said.

Hanover pride: But that was Mavros' style: He did everything with dedication, said Lona Mavros, his wife of 41 years.

Born and raised in Hanover, he was a past president of the Hanover Public School Board; former chairman of the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; and a progressive thinker who ran for county commissioner in 2003, she said.


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In addition to co-owning the "Famous" chain, Mavros also worked with the Starlite Diner in West Manchester Township and Crazy Horse Steak House & Saloon in New Oxford.

"He was a very strong community supporter, and he always wanted to put Hanover and York County in the best light that he possibly could," Lona said.

Perhaps most of all, Mavros loved his large, Greek family and was very proud to be a father and grandfather, she said.

"Family always came first," Lona said.

He was like a second father to the Keriazes brothers, George said, and the two families spent almost every Sunday together, as the shop was closed.

"He was just a good man, and we're gonna miss him," said Tim Keriazes, 40.

— Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.