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The Winner's Circle, 1111 Green Street (at Assembly Street): 1990s   5 comments

Posted at 5:28 pm in historic,restaurants

I don't think I ever ate at The Winner's Circle, unless I was quite young. My father knew the family who ran the place, and I believe he ate lunch there from time to time. My understanding is that it was a "general" restaurant with Greek influences, and for many years was a USC area landmark (it was right across the street from the Law School).

At some point when I was living out of town, the place closed. I was disappointed because, like many places listed here, I had always figured that I had plenty of time to get around to trying it. I am unsure whether the current tenant, FEDEX/Kinkos, is using the old restaurant building, or whether they knocked everything down to build their operation. Unlike The Winner's Circle, I actually have gotten around to visiting the Kinko's. I'm not sure if this is still the case, but at one time they were open quite late, later than the other Kinko's in town, and they also had for-hire scanners, which I used several times before getting one of my own.

UPDATE 20 March 2010: Added full street address to post title.

Written by ted on November 19th, 2008

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  1. Yes, that is the same building.

    The Winners Circle was reliable great food which is why it was always packed. I ate there at least once a week for many years, when I was working downtown and doing a lot of business at Crowson Stone Printing (now the baptist Student center next to Sandy's Hot Dogs.) I got to the point where I just ordered the day's special without even looking up to see what it was.

    The Greek family that ran it is very involved in city politics and it is driving my nuts that I can't think of their name right now!

    Dennis

    23 Nov 08 at 3:55 pm

  2. I think it was owned by the Leventis family, but I might be wrong.

    David H

    27 Nov 08 at 8:55 pm

  3. mmm, i loved that place in the 80s. between them, big bird and pappies (was that the name of the place the marine dude owned?), they fed me well.

    marc cardwell

    28 Nov 08 at 3:14 pm

  4. Yes, I think "Pappy" was a marine. "Pappy's" was in a small mall at the corner of Main & Blossom which also housed Robo's Video Arcade. The building was torn down years ago.

    ted

    29 Nov 08 at 1:16 am

  5. David H is right, it "The Winner's Circle" was owned by the Leventis family. They served great food at a very reasonable price. In the mid-1970s it was always jam-packed at lunch time.

    Peter Hoffman

    9 Jan 10 at 11:25 pm

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