Photo by Tiffany Watt. Jack Jacovou carries on his family tradition of selling gyros at his drive through restaurant The Parthenon. Jacovou strips the lamb meat for his current order.
Photo by Tiffany Watt. Jack Jacovou carries on his family tradition of selling gyros at his drive through restaurant The Parthenon. Jacovou strips the lamb meat for his current order.
It's refreshing to pull up to a drive through at a restaurant and be greeted by name with a smile at the window. At The Parthenon and Good-To-Go Xpresso located at 1527 231 S in Crawfordsville, that is what Jack Jacovou is all about: His customers.

Through his thick Greek accent and chummy smile, Jacovou will make you want to know more, not just about his gyros or coffee, but his life too.

"My family has a colorful life," said Jacovou, "we came here under horrible conditions and the U.S. took us in with open arms and we've been working hard ever since."

Jacovou, his parents and his five siblings moved to the United States in 1969 for a fresh start after losing their home to the Turkish invasion in Cyprus, Jacovou's homeland.

When the Jacovous came to the United States, they brought their concept of family and love for food, too.

When asked how they started out in the food business, Jacovou said, "In Cyprus, my grandpa was a chef putting on four-day weddings."

"It was traditional that the whole town was included to come to celebrations or it would be an offense," said Jacovou.

One might ask how big these weddings were.

"My own wedding was 6,500 people," said Jacovou.

The Jacovous have always been family oriented and they have carried it through with their business.

Jacovou has participated in many festivals, including his own Greek festival that was held in Lafayette, Crawfordsville's own Circus Maximus in the mid '80s, which is now known as The Taste of Montgomery County, and hopes to have a booth at future Strawberry festivals and Covered Bridge festivals. Jacovou prides his work on the principle that everyone is family.

"It's nice for little towns to have mom and pop restaurants and it's nice to see more come back here," said Jacovou.

When asked what keeps him in Crawfordsville Jacovou answered with a heartfelt reply.

"I feel at home here," said Jacovou. "It's a great community. It's a loving and caring community where people care for each other."

The Parthenon and Good-To-Go Xpresso are open from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily where gyros, greek salads, smoothies and a variety of coffee are main requests. To make a call ahead order call (765) 307-7019.