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February 3, 2004 > Spin a Yarn Restaurant

Spin a Yarn Restaurant

A Delicious Tradition!

The history of Spin a Yarn Restaurant reaches back to the early 1950's when the Fremont area was farmland. Located on a primary north-south highway, this establishment soon became a favorite of not only local folks, but of travelers during their journeys. Stories were often told by "old timers" who frequented the establishment of pioneer struggles to come to California and the "wild and wooly" days of the Old West. Farmers would share tips and all would enjoy a good meal and a bit to drink. In honor of the tales told, factual and fantastic, it became known as "Spin a Yarn."

This venerable icon of fine dining and quality service has persevered through four decades and remains a favorite spot for locals and out-of-towners alike. Those searching for the Nirvana of culinary consistency - excellent quality, quantity and service - can take heart. Since taking ownership of Spin a Yarn Restaurant in 1995, Saki Kavouniaris has been greeting his clientele by name, even relatively new members of the Spin a Yarn fan club. It is an easy club to join since after an initial visit, a minimal amount of persuasion is required for a repeat trip.

This business was not a new venture into the food and hospitality industry for Saki and his previous partner, Yanni Varelas. Their family roots were firmly planted in the operation of restaurants and taverns and both worked together in the restaurant business in San Francisco. "For many years, we had been helping customers to feel welcome and comfortable in restaurants owned by others. We wanted to do this in our own restaurant," says Saki. Yanni has since moved to other ventures, but Saki carries on a tradition of excellence expected in the finest San Francisco restaurants. Insisting on only the freshest and best quality for his customers, Saki has remained steadfast in his dedication to customer satisfaction. At Spin a Yarn, only top grade "prime" Angus beef, dry-aged to perfection for 28 days and daily delivery of fresh seafood ("We only buy what we can use for the day") is acceptable. A full selection of fine wines is available as a compliment to any meal.

"Our menu is traditional," says Saki. "We offer steaks, seafood and pasta dishes along with a few Greek specialties." Additional special items are offered everyday to accompany the extensive regular menu selections. Prime rib is served every day and for those who lean towards beef, Saki says, "I would recommend our Prime Rib anytime." Fine food is critical to restaurateur success, but Saki knows that it takes more than this for people to return. Service cannot be forgotten. "I want my customers to feel happy and relaxed, as if they are in their own living room, yet at the same time, honored as very special guests."

Spin a Yarn meals are large and Saki makes sure that diners "get enough quality food to feel satisfied." He says that many of his regular customers enjoy Mexican prawns as an appetizer prior to their meal. Another popular appetizer is the Greek sampler. Dinners are inclusive; the main course is preceded by a soup or salad and the entrŽe is accompanied by vegetables and potato. Saki says that many fine restaurants don't do this anymore, adding greatly to the cost of a meal. He adds that at Spin a Yarn, "You get your money's worth."

A new addition to the restaurant is the enclosed patio that creates a different ambiance in warm weather. Summer evenings are lively with music and dining on the patio while during colder months, live music moves indoors on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

"I like what I am doing," says Saki. "I want people to know that I am around. If there is ever a problem or issue, they know I will take care of it. The buck stops with me and I will make sure everything possible is done to make my customers happy." Although popular styles of food preparation may shift and restaurants come and go, Saki promises that Spin a Yarn will remain true to its roots as a premiere steak and seafood restaurant that delivers quality without compromise.

Note: Call early for Valentine's Day reservations. Saki will greet all ladies with a special Valentine's Day rose.

Spin a Yarn Restaurant
45915 Warm Springs Blvd., Fremont
(510) 656-9141

Full Catering and Banquet services available

Monday - Saturday
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sunday - Thursday
5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday - Saturday
5 p.m. - 11 p.m.

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