Pete and George Gianakos, Mr. G’s

This week’s Hall of Famer’s are the famous brothers from Mr. G’s, Peter and George Gianakos.

For as long as we all can remember, Mr. G’s has been THE place to hang out after a big

game, or to watch a game in the New London area.  Pete and George have done so much

for the youth in the area, from donating money to sponsor teams or having banquets

down at the restaurant.  Whether its a Friday night after a football or basketball game,

or after any other big local sporting event you can bet you will find coaches, officials,

fans, and others down at Mr. G’s to talk about what just happened.  Pete and George

weren’t always just restauranteurs, they were certainly fair athletes in their day as well.

I have included some snippets from their athletic careers and some notes from their days

running Eastern CT’s official post game party place.


Peter’s Profile:

Played football and basketball for NLHS–John Ellis football teammate – Captain of basketball team

1965-1966 along with Henry Gunther.


Played basketball at Central Conn–captain of 1969-1970 team– played with  Howie Dickenman

Former Dallas Cowboy Head Coach Dave Campo was my roommate at Central.

Grew up Yankee and Celtic fan


Favorite athlete  Mickey Mantle


I was on the field for the Dallas Giants game 1993 which Dallas won in ot by a field goal—actually sat on

the bench next to Emmit Smith, Michael Irving and a few others.   Was standing next to Jerry Jones

when the winning field goal was kicked.


I have attended a few final fours including 1976 with Indiana the National Champ.

I attended a USC-Notre Dame game at USC.   USC was losing at the half.  Anthony Davis ran the second

half kickoff back for a TD an USC won in a rout.  I sat at midfield  ten rows up behind the ND bench and

coach Ara Parseghian.


At the age of about 10 my father made me go to work in the family restaurant.  Many childhood hours

were spent there.


My father had a restaurant in downtown New London and in 1966 he moved the business to its present

location and called it Mr G’s.


Owning a restaurant is hard work but rewarding in many ways–  Through the years we have made many

friends and acquaintances and tried to help out as many people and organizations as we can.

 In the late 60’s -2 streakers tried to run thru the rest, but my brother Nick who played football for

Uconn  met them at the door and chased them away.

George’s Profile:

I played Legion Baseball for New London, winning a game in the state tournament as a

pitcher.  In high school my senior year I won the winning pitcher in three games in the

state tournament before losing in the semifinals.

I played football and baseball for New London High School.

I`ve been to six final fours including 1999 Uconn championship.  My most memorable game,

I was at the 1978 Red Sox-Yankee playoff game when Bucky Dent’s homer broke all

Red Sox Fans Hearts.

Through Mrg`s we have sponsored many teams over the years, ranging from little league

baseball to men`s and women`s softball teams, hockey, volleyball, and basketball teams.

That is what we truly enjoy doing, giving back to the community that has been so good

to us.

Over the years we have enjoyed hosting dinners for a lot of the local championship teams

and of course enjoyed the post game evenings with coaches, refs and families.  Many of

those nights have been truly entertaining and legendary.


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