With Passion and Family Driven Determination, A Small 60 Seat Pub Grows into a 660 Seat Iconic Restaurant.
Popeye's Galley and Grog was opened in July of 1971 by Nick and Veronica Anagnos, a married couple with four small children. They both worked morning, noon and night serving a small menu featuring great burgers, homemade chili, fresh chopped coleslaw and of course, lots of ice cold beer. Being a visionary and feeling that Lake Geneva would be growing, Nick bought adjacent properties in anticipation of building the best “go to” place in the area. A Disco bar, Olive Oyls, was built in 1978 and provided an intriguing nightclub experience in Lake Geneva. Olive Oyls was transformed into a dining room providing the popular Popeye’s with much needed additional seating in 1985. For more seating Popeye’s built an outdoor deck which was later enclosed to offer seating to the increasing year round clientele that visited Lake Geneva. Once the children became of age, they joined their hard working parents in helping the ever growing restaurant succeed. In 1988, the last expansion brought another eighty plus seats and aptly named for the founding father, Nick’s Market.