Greece born Christos Genimatas travels on his wagon selling gyros all over the United States. He is owner of Christos Chuck Wagon for the past 35 years. He used to be a professional soldier in Greece before he came to America, and started his gyro business after a friend suggestion. He arrived in Michigan in 1969 and worked for a factory. In 1979, he lost his job, but had already opened up a general store in Mt. Clemens with his brother. When he first opened his gyro wagon he was one man who could only cook a little bit.
He was discovered at the festivals and carnivals in Mt. Clemens where they asked him to make my shish kabob. Genimatas claims working at the carnivals was such a huge success that his business could profit in five days what a restaurant would in six months.
Genimatas enjoys his work because he makes good money and enjoys a nice living. 75 year old Christos faces some difficulty being away from his family but brings smiles to many faces across America with his hearty laugh, heavy Greek accent and delicious gyros. At heart, he will always be a loyal Greek soldier.