When the Rockville Centre location of Frank’s Steaks opened up in October of 2002, Chris was right there with it. He worked as a waiter while attending Hofstra University, and in 2004 he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management. Little did he know that first day when he walked in that Frank’s Steaks that he was just where he was meant to be—long term. And he hasn’t looked back since, saying, “Having a career that makes people feel like they’re at home, surrounded by warm and authentic people is the goal. The food and experience speak for themselves.”
After working his way up from waiter to management, today Chris is the Managing Partner and one of three principal owners of the Rockville Centre location of Frank’s Steaks. His passion for the business and creating an elite dining experience for everyone is evident, from the mannerisms in which he treats staff to how he warmly invites everyone in who walks through the doors. They are certain to be greeted and welcomed by Chris.
According to Chris, “I love having a hands-on approach to the restaurant, because I’ll never forget where I came from or how I started in this business.” His philosophy for creating excellence for Frank’s Steaks is to have everyone keep on doing what they do best, while also implementing new ideas that keep up with the trends of modern-day dining. While the restaurant, and Chris himself, are like throwbacks in a modern day world, they are also staples in it. There’s no greater privilege for Chris than being the “Face of Frank’s Steaks”, and spending time with his restaurant family.
Richard E. Gerzof
Richard E. Gerzof is an entrepreneur who has been in the real estate business for over fifty years, having graduated from Freeport High School and Hofstra University.
His real estate interest include residential building developments, hotels, motels, apartment buildings, shopping centers, nursing homes, and flea markets. Part of his interest in real estate stems from growing up in a hotel family that had locations throughout the Catskill Mountains. He spent many a summer from an early age on working in various capacities in his family hotel. As a result, he has been associated with customer relationships and in the food industry his entire life.
In 1984, Richard became a partner at the Skipper Restaurant until 1992, and he has been a partner at Frank’s Steaks of Jericho from 1993 to present. He was also part of the team which spearheaded the opening of Frank’s Steaks in Rockville Centre in 2002.
Nicholas Drossos was born into a restaurant family and has worked in one since he was fourteen years old. After graduating from Half Hollow Hills High School in 1975, he continued to work in this business, holding every position from dishwasher to busboy, waiter, and bartender; then he went into management and became the general manager. Today, his is an owner and loves the business every bit as much as when he first started. He has taken numerous Health Department food handler courses and has his Food Certificate License from Nassau County.
Over the years Nick has been an integral part of opening six restaurants. This experience has included the hiring and training of all staff from top to bottom. Developing menus, recipe cards and kitchen manuals, job descriptions for all positions, cleaning schedules, equipment logs, and also authoring the employee manuals and procedures. His experience includes restaurant design, flow charts, marketing, advertising, purchasing of all insurances, setting up of credit card processing, POS Systems, and payroll systems. He also uses par sheets for inventory control, ordering, and theft prevention, ensuring that his enterprises remain profitable and that customers are having the best experience.
Nicholas was a principal and General Manager of the Skipper Restaurant in Rockville Centre until it was sold in 1992, and today he is a partner and the General Manager of Frank’s Steaks of Jericho, starting in 1993 to present time. He was also a driving force behind opening the Rockville Centre location for Frank’s Steaks.
John Casper is a founder and principal at Galleon Realty Group, a real estate advisement firm based in NYC and Long Island. Having initially started his real estate career in high school, GRG originally specialized as a property management agency within the vacation rental markets of the Hamptons, he has now expanded the company into the RE commercial markets of New York City.
After graduating from Benjamin N. Cardozo HS in Queens and then NYU in 2013, he started his brokering career with Keller Williams Commercial division in Manhattan and soon after joining the boutique firm, Highline Real Estate Commercial. His focus into additional businesses led him into an amazing opportunity to become a partner within Frank’s Steaks RVC in 2014. He has since leveraged his renovation and tech savvy talents into re-invigorating the south shore location and focusing the brand for continued success by contributing to the the long term strategy and equity brand building. Additional business interests include import and exports from Colombia.