In the running for longest open pizza restaurant in Calgary, if not all of Alberta, Atlas Pizza & Sports Bar was started in 1975 by Mike Theodossopoulos. Mike’s son Chris came on board in 1995 and hasn’t looked back.
“I love the job and atmosphere that comes with it. The people are great and the environment is welcoming and fun,” Chris says. “I started at the bottom and worked my way up: washing dishes first. Then I would cook in the mornings, go to university in the afternoon, and then come back to cook at night. On the weekends I would learn bartending and serving. From there I just continued working, even after studying history in university.”