In its heyday, under the ownership of Michael Matsos and with Bill Demoes as executive chef, La Paree was known as one of the top downtown restaurants in Birmingham, attracting politicians and business executives to its then dark-paneled dining room alongside office and industrial workers from all over downtown. Signature dishes included shish kebab, pilaf rice and spaghetti with burnt butter. Matsos provided free meals to the doorman at the nearby Tutwiler Hotel to drum up business.
In the year following World War II Demoes brought over several family members from Greece, fleeing guerilla warfare at home. Matsos proposed to sell him his interest in the restaurant, leaving him to found Michael's Sirloin Room at the Holiday Inn-Bessemer Super Highway with many of the same recipes. Demoes oversaw remodeling of the restaurant's interior.
Alabama Fixture Company
|2013 5th Avenue North|
1940s - 2003
Mariott Renaissance Birmingham