Johnny’s Greek And Three

Johnny’s Greek And Three
Runtime: 07:52

There is no denying the tremendous influence of Greek southerners on the Birmingham restaurant scene. One of those Birminghamians is Timothy Hontzas, a Homewood chef and restaurant owner of Johnny’s. His restaurant is one of the top meat and three lunch spots in Birmingham (along with a recent James Beard Award nominee) and he proudly incorporates his Greek heritage and influences into his menu.

Johnny’s Restaurant serves as a tribute to Timothy’s grandfather, who came to America in 1921 from Greece on a cattle boat. He worked his way up in the restaurant business before starting his own successful restaurant, paving the way for his grandson Timothy to make his own mark on Birmingham dining. Johnny’s Greek And Three looks at Chef Hontzas and the role of Greek-southern families in shaping Birmingham dining.

Sidewalk Oxford Film Festival 2018

Published by ava

Director Ava Lowrey is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts. Since 2005, Ava has been using multimedia to connect with a larger audience and as a means of social activism. As creator of PeaceTakesCourage, millions have viewed Ava’s work and she has been featured in The New York Times, Rolling Stone Magazine, CNN, Mother Jones Magazine, and more. As a director Ava has completed multiple short documentaries and screened at festivals across the country. A native of Alexander City, Alabama, Ava’s films often focus on her southern roots, sharing untold stories centered in the American south.