A Historical Timeline of Zorba’s
* 1970s *
Nick “Zorba” Galaxidas opens the first original ZORBA’S restaurant
in the country.
Zorba’s First Gala New Year’s Eve Party for 200 celebrants.
Zorba Greek Easter Celebration on K Street with dancers,
entertainment, and roasting a whole lamb on a spit.
Zorba’s Bacchus Wine Festival at Carvan Inn for 1000 people.
Zorba entertains, with his combo and belly dancers, on board Greek
shop for sailors of the Saint Maria.
Zorba’s First Annual New Year’s Party at Senator Hotel for 2000
Zorba hosts party opening Sacramento Symphony Fund Drive.
Zorba’s celebrates the Irish St. Patrick’s Day by participating in
the parade – barbecues a traditional Greek lamb on top of a mobile
platform (parade float).
Zorba organizes first Wine Festival in downtown Sacramento.
Zorba holds christening for his son John, with 400 friends – a happy
pageant event, rich with the traditions and ceremonial splendor of
Zorba turns restaurant into recording studio; “The Mediterraneans”
record music outlawed in Greece to be taped and sent to underground
stations in Greece.
Zorba’s Second Annual New Year’s Party at Senator Hotel for 3000
Zorba prepares his restaurant for shelter from earthquake predicted
by Edgar Cayce this month.
With objections of two-thirds of K Street merchants, Sacramento City
Council gives final go ahead for Downtown K Street Mall project. Zorba
lobbying hard for Mall project.
Arguments continue for and against Zorba’s proposal for sidewalk
City Council approves Zorba’s Continental Kiosk-Sidewalk Café on
Downtown Mall in front of his restaurant.
Zorba (Nick again) piles 300 sandbags against the front of his
restaurant in preparation of pending earthquake predicted by Edgar Cayce
– the Sleeping Prophet would destroy California.
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Zorba and entertainment troup entertain with Anthony Quinn, Ann
Margaret, Roger Smith, and Bill Dana for benefit performance for
Concilio at Memorial Auditorium.
Zorba buys the Ben Hur Chariot at MGM auction for $3,000.00
Boston Race Track exchanges Ben Hur Chariot for common
FBI involved with investigation of missing Chariot.
Chariot returned to Zorba from Boston group.
Zorba purchases two Arabian horses to train for future Arena Chariot
Zorba opens state fair festivities with Ben Hur Chariot.
Zorba is guest of Charleton Heston for special event at Woodlake
Zorba opens new $300,000.00 restaurant and night club on K Street,
Zorba’s new Years Part at new restaurant for 350 people.
Zorba’s troupe on television, representing Greece.
Zorba’s troupe entertains in Hawaii.
New Year’s Party at Zorba’s for 350 people.
Zorba’s troupe goes to Bahamas entertaining on board ship for nine
Zorba’s troupe – with famous table dance, belly dancers and singers
- entertains at Ponderosa Hotel in Reno on Monday nights for three
First offer for toothpaste commercial.
Zorba takes tour of Greece with 30 Sacramentans.
Meeting with King Constantine of Greece in Rome.
Zorba’s teeth insured for $500,000.00 by Lloyds of London.
Zorba’s Annual New Year’s Party for 375 party-goers.
Zorba and family honored by California State Assembly for their
contribution to citizens of Sacramento and the Greek community.
Zorba’s troupe entertains for Greek Food Festival and helps raise
$25,000.00 for Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation.
Zorba hosts world premier of Greece Touring Troupe with Harry
Lemonapolis, father of the bouzouki, at Zorba’s Restaurant.
Zorba commences using his chariot for transportation because of
energy crisis and gasoline shortage – burns hay instead of gas.
Chariot and horses stolen.
Chariot and horses found in front yard of Municipal Court judge.
Zorba’s Annual New Year’s Eve Party for 350 people.
Zorba requested to appear with chariot on Johnny Carson.
Zorba commences talent search in Hollywood, Las Vegas, Seattle and
Portland for name entertainers to appear at Zorba’s Restaurant.
Zorba signs contract with George Maharis for March 8-17 appearance.
Zorba holds press conference to introduce new Zorba Policy.
Zorba brings name entertainers and celebrities to Sacramento.
Zorba, driving the chariot, and with hundreds of followers and
television media, goes to the airport to welcome opening star Geoge
Maharis for the opening of the first show at Zorba’s – instant success!
Zorba announces the continuing appearance of name entertainers to
follow – Lou Rawls, Tony Martin, AnaMaria Albageti, and Ray Anthony.
Mid – 1974
Nick Zorba introduces idea to Downtown merchants, mayor, and city
manager to create one day of the month as an open, outdoor merchant
shopping day, with art exhibits and entertainment.
The Mayor of Sacramento and the Downtown Business Association
recognize Zorba as one of the main contributors to bring night life to
Through efforts of Nick Zorba, the Greek Government presents to the
City of Sacramento, the statue of Poseidon to be erected at and for the
opening of the Convention Center.
Nick Zorba drives the Ben Hur Chariot from 1225 K Street to
2840 Auburn Boulevard, followed by many Sacramentans, for the grand
opening of the new location of Zorba’s Restaurant at 2840 Auburn
Boulevard, Sacramento, California.
Zorba’s organized a two-day, outdoor Greek/Eastern Food Festival
with food, entertainment, and art vendors. Great success – estimated
Through the year of 1976, Zorba’s becomes the main attraction in
Sacramento. If you visit the Capitol, you must visit Zorba’s.
~Zorba’s dedicates a celebrity room to television and media
reporters to welcome celebrities to the Capitol of California.
~Zorba’s participates in
promotion of the opening of the State Fair by bringing Miss California
to the event in the Ben Hur Chariot.
~Zorba opens the harness
races at the State Fair at Cal-Expo with the Ben Hur Chariot.
Zorba’s creates a pre-opening gala of the State Fair with
entertainment, food, and fun for all jockeys and horse owners.
~Zorba’s outdoor Eastern Food Festival extended to three days; with
food, dancing, and troupes of entertainers from the Mediterranean and
Balkan countries, attendance reaches a record high of 12,000.
~Zorba’s and TWA present
“Greek Odyssey” – for 18 glorious days, 32 business leaders and
politicians touring Greek Islands.
Zorba’s opens the largest
city disco with 12,000 square feet of glamorous dining room and name
entertainers – including Lou Rawls, Donna Summer, and Ray Charles.
Nick Zorba introduces the first Chippendale Dancers at Galactica
Nick Zorba is invited to Japan to perform his table dance, lifting
four tables on a show similar to “That’s Incredible.”
After 18 years, Nick Zorba retires from performing his table dance in
Sacramento. Zorba's closes to a full house.
Nick "Zorba" Galaxidas passed in his hometown of Molaoi, Lakonia, Greece on November 14, 2019.