George Alexander Detsios, a beloved Kansas City restaurateur died Thursday at Shawnee Mission Hospital. He was 84. A friend, Allison James, said the cause of death was heart failure.

He was loved by many in Kansas City and known for his Hungarian restaurant, “George’s Cheese and Sausage” on the Country Club Plaza and before that at the Crown Center in downtown Kansas City.

George was born in Nicosia, Cyprus on March 30, 1931. As a child he was evacuated to Tanzania, returning to Cyprus after the war. As a teenager he studied textile engineering in Manchester UK and then came to the US on a Fulbright scholarship and studied law at Kansas University. George served in the US Armed services as a medic during the Korean War.

George is survived by his older brother Jack Detsios and sister-in-law Cathy Detsios, his nieces Alice, Clare, Helen and nephew Mark and grand nieces Charlotte, Joanna, Holly, Suzie, Ellie and grand nephews Gareth and Callum, great grand niece Imogen and great grand nephew Alexander. All family members reside in England.

A memorial for George will be held at 5pm on May 25th in the sculpture garden at Grinder’s Pizza 417 E 18th Street, Kansas City, Missouri.

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