August 20, 1939
Dennis Potinos (Greek)
St. Augustine, Florida.
Rose Shepherd, Writer.
DENNIS POTINOS, (GREEK)
It was four o'clock on a hot Sunday afternoon, when the polite cashier of Rector's Cafe in aristocratic Cathedral Place smilingly stated that Mr. Dennis Potinos, head of the Greek Community in St. Augustine, and proprietor of Rector's Cafe, had stepped out for a short time.
“He'll be back by five — always here by that time, if you return.”
At 5 p.m. the residents of St. Augustine, the transient visitors to the old Catholic Cathedral next door — the oldest institution of its kind in the oldest city of the United States — historic St. Augustine, were filing into Rector's for their evening meal.
Rector's Cafe specializes in shrimp, fish, oysters, — the business card states — “The Original Seafood Platters — Cooked to the King's Taste.”
Mr. Potinos arose from a small table at the rear of the restaurant where he had been enjoying a cigarette and a cup of black coffee, and came forward, extending his hand — a lame hand from a stiff arm, hanging almost limp from a low shoulder — and said cordially — ‘We sit here at this front table, by the window.”
As if by magic, three cups of coffee appeared, and a large ashtray was placed at Mr. Potinos' left hand, with a package of imported, fragrant cigarettes.