August 10, 1953 ~ July 4, 2008
James, "Jimmy" Hantzarides, was born on August 10, 1953 in Kozani, Greece. His family immigrated to America on December 22, 1964 and settled in Tarrytown, New York where he grew up and graduated from Sleepy Hollow High School in 1971. He owned Congers Pizza in Congers, New York but sold it to move west.
In 1979 Jimmy packed up his corvette and drove to California where he first settled in Pasadena. Julie and Jimmy met in Pasadena in July 1981 and were married one year later on September 18, 1982. They moved to Redondo Beach where they have lived ever since. This union brought them Andrew, born in 1984 and Natalie, born in 1986.
It was Jimmy's dream to own a restaurant in California and in 1984 Jimmy and Julie opened Old Venice in Downtown Manhattan Beach. Jimmy brought his passion for cooking, his love of people and his innate sense of hospitality to the business. In 1995 Jimmy and Julie opened Cosmos Pizza in Belmont Shore but sold the business in 2000. Old Venice was destroyed by a fire in November of 2006 but the family has vowed to bring it back and carry on Jimmy's legacy.
Jimmy's family was the most important part of his life and there wasn't anything he wouldn't do for them. The children were literally raised in the restaurant business and the family of four worked together in Old Venice. They also enjoyed vacationing together, visiting Palm Springs, Las Vegas, Florida, Hawaii, New York, and Greece frequently.
Jimmy enjoyed gardening and grew his own summer tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, cilantro, basil, string beans, and peppers, every year. It was a passion he learned from his father and has passed it down to his son. He also enjoyed sunbathing at the beach, going to Disneyland, weight lifting, playing golf, and detailing his cars. Jimmy was a sports fan and rooted for the home teams, the Lakers, the Kings, the Dodgers, and the Angels.
Jimmy is survived by his wife Julie, son Andrew, daughter Natalie, brother Mathew of New York and mother Sophia also of New York. Jimmy is preceded in death by his father Andy who passed away in 2006.
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