Although many of you may remember Peter as "Pete the bartender from Christos' here is a little more insight into his background. Like many in the industry, Peter was born into the family business. The nephew of the late Christos Tsaganis, owner of the world renowned Christos Restaurant in Brockton, Ma, Peter learned his craft at a young age having spent countless hours alongside Christo and his father, Steve, who served as Christos right-hand man for nearly 40 years. Peter had to work himself up through the ranks having served as maintenance, dishwasher, and busboy amongst other duties before settling into the role of lead bartender ( a position he proudly held until the closing of the landmark institution). Along with his father and uncle, Peter was fortunate to learn the ins-and-outs of the business from veteran bartenders, cooks, and wait staff who had been loyal to Christos for over 30 years.
Upon the closing of Christos, Peter paired up with Tommy Doyle of Doyle's Bar & Grill, and helped Tommy open his latest location -Tommy Doyle's at Sidelines in March of 2014. Having served as Doyle's bar manager over the past year, Peter not only knows how to expertly craft up a cocktail, but more importantly, he knows what it takes to get a new restaurant built from the ground up.
Whether it be working at a landmark institution such as Christos or an upstart venture such as Tommy Doyle's at Sidelines, Peter plans on utilizing the skills he learned from these two great restaurateurs and incorporating them into his newest venture-Niko Bar & Grill.
Much like Peter, David started in the business at a young age. Having studied Culinary Arts at Johnson and Wales University, David spent his summers learning the art of Greek cuisine under the watchful eye of Sam Arvanitidis of Westside Foods in Brockton.
Upon completion of his degree, David went onto work as a chef at Spoleto's in North Easton, where he credits much of his training to chef Mark Knowlton. After the sale of Spoleto's, David went into the fast pace business of catering and tapas having worked at Loco Tapas & Wine Bar/Crazy Chef Caterers located in South Easton., where he built his passion for tapas.
Over the past three years, David served as the Executive Chef/Assistant General Manager at Captain Fishbones in Marina Bay. In serving as the A.G.M, David got to focus on the performance of the front of the house operations as well as his duties in the kitchen, to mold himself into a well-rounded restaurateur.
Most recently in January 2015, David put his cooking skills on display in front of a national television audience, having appeared on The Food Network's Guy's Grocery Games hosted by world renowned chef Guy Fieri.
Although David has learned plenty over the past 18 years in each of his stops, he is looking forward to putting his own stamp on the industry with the creation of the menu at- Niko Bar & Grill.
The faces of Niko:
Home- Simply stated we at Niko Bar & Grill have one singular mission - To make our guests feel at home.
Aside from great food, classic cocktails, and impeccable service-which we pride ourselves on, having been in the industry for years- we realize people look for one more intangible in a dining establishment. Atmosphere.
Whether it's a friendly gesture from our wait staff, enjoying one of the craft cocktails brilliantly engineered by owner Peter Badavas on our extensive drink menu, or trying one of chef David Casey's fresh signature dishes, we strive to create a warm, relaxing atmosphere to help create a reprieve from life's everyday stresses.
We at Niko Bar & Grill make it our promise to you, the customer, to create a warm, family-friendly atmosphere that will make you say: "You can go home again."
Peter Badavas (Owner)
David Casey (Executive Chef)