Pete Poulos, seventy-four, cooks every bite served in this feel-good place. He works seven days a week, fifty weeks a year. "Pete is a destination for people who know where he is," says customer Steve Krogness, whose screen saver is a picture he took of Poulos at his grill. "And if you find him, consider it serendipity. Because you walk in, and you get so much more than just a meal. You get friends."
Regulars weren't surprised last November when their favorite diner was chosen for two scenes in the movie Trust, directed by former Friends star David Schwimmer. It seemed natural, too, that while actor Clive Owen sat by the window, Poulos "played" the hardworking cook in the background.
"We heard about David Schwimmer every day for a month," says Poulos's daughter Julie Williams. She says the director repeatedly told her dad how much he loved the place.