For the members, by the members

Save Money

Save an average of 10-40% on products and services that are used every day. We take a proactive approach to reducing costs up front. In most cases you will see an instant ‘off invoice’ rebate.

Member Owned

founded in 1986 with a small group of operators banding together to receive similar pricing as national chains.

Save Time

Do more of the things you enjoy, while we take care of the rest!

PROVEN RESULTS

Guaranteed savings, no obligations. GARA has a proven track record and if you’re not pleased with the results you can stop at any time.

Simple Process

Just order what you need from our contracted distributors and we’ll take care of the rest.

LOW COST

Our fee is a small percentage of new supplier rebates. You never receive a bill from us, we are open book and completely transparent.

FLEXIBILITY

You choose the products and suppliers from our portfolio of items that fit your needs, use the whole portfolio and expertise or just some parts. We offer diverse supplier programs across all categories. (Beverage, food distribution, seafood, bakery, linen)

MANUFACTURER REBATES

Negotiated rebates with over 300 manufacturers on 100,000+ items, many of which you are already purchasing.

Board

Stan Greanias

President & CEO

Thomas C. Diamond

Chairman

Fountain Blue

2300 S. Manneheim Rd.

Des Plaines, IL 60018

(847)298-3636

Fax: (847)298-0757

Nick Katsis

Vice President

Charcoal delights

3139 West Foster

Chicago, IL 60625

(773)583-0056 or (847)803-2777

Fax: (847)583-0080

Ted Arvanitis

Secretary

Sports Page Bar & Grill

1330 E. Rand Rd.

Arlington Heights, IL 60005

(847)392-5332

Fax:(847)392-5721

Beacon Tap

(847)296-2335

Fax: (847) 296-1666

Chris Georges

Treasurer

OPA!

950 Lakeview Parkway

Vernon Hills, IL 60061

(847)968-4300

Fax: (847)968-2600

Tom Mannos

Director

Exchequer Pub

226 South Wabash

Chicago, IL 60604

(312)939-5633

Fax: (312)786-9128

Matt Manaves

Dapp’s Kitchen & Tap

3131 Thatcher Ave.

River Grove, IL 60171

(708)456-2005

Fax:(708)456-3195

Chris Demos

Maxim’s Restaurant

20 North Clark Street

Chicago, IL 60602

(312)236-7717

Fax: (630)620-1104

George Fountalas

Mirage Restaurant

10255 West Irving Park Road

Schiller Park, IL 60176

(847)671-4230

Fax: (847)671-1812

George Karas

The Village Squire

4818 Northwest highway

Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Telephone: (815)455-4130

Fax: (815)455-4240

Fax: (847)671-1812

George Radaios

Franksville Restaurant

3550 North Harlem Avenue

Chicago, IL 60634

Telephone/Fax: (773)237-5848

Peter Sarantopoulos

Palatine Inn Restaurant

95 West Northwestern Highway

Palatine, IL 60067

(847)991-6855

Fax: (847)991-5126

Angelo Sellis

Palm Court Restaurant

1912 North Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights, IL 60004

(847)870-7770

Fax: (847)870-8586

Fax: (847)991-5126

Steve Theofanous

Around the Clock Restaurant

5011 Northwest Highway

Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Telephone: (815)459-2100

Fax: (815)477-9761

George Vlahakis

Georgie V’s

1139 Church Street

Northbrook, IL 60062

Telephone (847)753-9638

Fax:(847)753-9647

Greek Feast: (847)559-1901

George Frangos

Liberty Restaurant

419 South Milwaukee

Libertyville, IL 60048

(847)362-9494

Fax: (847)362-4009

Nick Gountanis

Gojo’s Restaurant

2929 Belvidere

Waukegan, IL 60085

(847)623-1300

Fax: (847)623-1364

Office Staff

George Sourounis

Director of PR / Member Services

Telephone: (847)824-6941

Fax: (847)824-6943

Denise Tsiamas

Administrative Assistant

Telephone: (847)824-6941

Fax:(847)824-6943

Bessie Gonzalez

Administrative Assistant

Telephone: (847)824-6941

Fax: (847)824-6943

Spiros Zarkos

Verros, Lafakis & Berkshire, PC

33 North LaSalle Street, 25th Floor

Chicago, IL 60602

Telephone: (312)988-0202

Fax:(312)701-1222

Accounting

Gus J. Bahramis

Certified Public Accountant

Our History

In 1986, several prominent Restaurateurs founded the Greek American Restaurant Association (GARA), and had a unique marketing concept. This concept had three visionary goals: grow and unite the restaurant community; leverage their purchases; seek favorable pricing and rebates from their purveyors/partners, and support the community through Philanthropic programs.

Twenty-five years later, their visionary goals have exceeded expectations, resulting in over $5,000,000 being donated to various charitable causes and Scholarships, while supporting many community Philanthropic programs.

Continuing the visionary foresight, a second entity was formed in January 2009. This “For Profit” Cooperative’s mission statement has a dual task of channeling the purveyors rebate revenues to its participative members, while supporting GARA’s Philanthropic efforts.

Today, GARA is supported by over 1,000 restaurants throughout the Chicago land area. The goal is simple: contribute to the bottom line of the members that we service while increasing sales for participating suppliers.

The cooperative is dedicated to assisting restaurant owners in reducing their product costs by uniting independent restaurants and other foodservice operators.

Consider becoming a member and benefiting from an organization that supports the community while helping increase your bottom line!

About GARA

GARA is a foodservice purchasing organization serving independent restaurateurs and foodservice operations. Our mission is to provide business solutions to restaurateurs through strategic vendor partnerships, positive communications, education and the promotion of operating standards that encourage operational excellence.