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The Man who Quit the Greek Army to Become the Souvlaki ‘King’ of Melbourne

Thomas Deliopoulos

Thomas Deliopoulos resigned from the Greek army four years ago and travelled to Australia, where he settled in Melbourne, opening “Kalimera Souvlaki Art,” a Greek restaurant that now serves around 1,500 skewers a day.

Deliopoulos joined the army at the age of 17. After serving the army for 16 years as a cook, he decided to take the next big step in his life, emigrating to Australia. Once he settled in the country with his family, he quickly realized that despite the numerous souvlaki restaurants, there was a spot for him to make the difference. He carefully selected the ingredients he needed, meat and fresh vegetables, and wrapped them in delicious pitta bread.

The successful Greek businessman now plans his next move, opening a new restaurant, which will be called “Mykonos” offering his fans one more opportunity to taste his exceptional delicacy.

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