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May 10, 2011 > Spin-A-Yarn celebrates 60 years

Spin-A-Yarn celebrates 60 years

Submitted By Stephanie Huynh

Saki's Spin-A-Yarn continues to attract a broad cross-section of people, from Governor. Jerry Brown and figure-skater Kristi Yamaguchi to local executives, city officials and working folks, who all appreciate a friendly spot to enjoy fine food, beverages and camaraderie. On Thursday, May 12, Spin-A-Yarn celebrates its 60th anniversary, starting with a ribbon-cutting at 6:30 p.m., followed by live entertainment featuring saxophonist Rock Hendricks, Fremont vocalist Margo LeDuc and jazz from the Fabulous Cruisetones.

Spin-A-Yarn means "to tell a story," which makes this establishment the perfect setting in which to unwind, wheel-and-deal or revisit all the trends since opening in 1951. Some have called it an "upscale Cheers" - a kind of "town meeting place" where the people of Fremont and throughout the region conduct business, discuss politics or celebrate special occasions. Through the years, Spin-A-Yarn has been the venue for weddings, civic events, retirement parties and all types of rendezvous.

"I think Spin-A-Yarn has thrived for so long because our customers become our friends and we treat everyone as if they are a guest in our own home. We get to know them by their first name and we take great care to ensure the atmosphere, the food and beverages are just right," says owner Saki Kavournairis.

Saki boasts he was "born in Greece but made in America." His father owned a restaurant in his native Greece and Saki essentially grew up in that environment. Saki moved to California in 1969 and worked at various restaurants in San Francisco as a dishwasher and then a waiter. In 1995, he fulfilled his dream of owning his own restaurant when he purchased Spin-A-Yarn. In 2009, he remodeled and modernized to create a more homely setting.

In addition to a banquet room and semi- al fresco patio area, Spin-A-Yarn has an inviting bar area. Although primarily a seafood and steak restaurant, patrons can also enjoy exquisite entrees of Continental, Italian and Greek fare and some of the best appetizers and Sliders in the Bay Area.

Spin-A-Yarn is active in the community, donating catering, participating in historical events and fundraising. Its annual golf tournament raises funds for programs that help keep children off the streets. Spin-A-Yarn has raised more than $1M for the Rubicon Children's Center and supports local high school sports programs.

Since opening its doors, the establishment has been the rest stop for travelers throughout California. Located at 45915 Warm Springs Boulevard, which was once the main thoroughfare linking Oakland to Santa Cruz, Spin-A-Yarn was the first major restaurant in the area and became a special place for local farmers and families to meet and "spin-a-yarn" of their own. Now Spin a Yarn is considered Fremont's enduring hidden treasure.

For more information, visit

Spin A Yarn Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, May 12
6:30 p.m.
Spin A Yarn Restaurant
45915 Warm Springs Blvd., Fremont
(510) 656-9141

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