Skip to main content
Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

George Mardikian

George Mardikian (1903-1977) was an Armenian-American restaurateur, chef, author, and philanthropist. His first job in America was washing dishes in a San Francisco cafeteria. He eventually bought the place and built it into a renowned restaurant, Omar Khayyam's, where he hosted notable people including Dwight Eisenhower and Eleanor Roosevelt. For his work to improve food service for combat troops in Korea, President Harry Truman awarded Mardikian the Medal of Freedom.

Why I Close My Restaurant

Why I Close My Restaurant

This I Believe

George Mardikian; read by the author; Jay Allison and Dan Gediman, eds.
Macmillan Audio
Macmillan Audio

Restaurateur George Mardikian tells of his immigration to the United States and how he tries to repay the warm embrace Americans have given him, in this essay originally aired in the 1950s

Available in:

Audio Book
Buy