In a melting-pot city like Chicago, Greek restaurants abound, and the Greektown neighborhood puts on yearly festivals that attract thousands of visitors in a grand celebration of Old World culture and cuisine. In other words, it was a perfect place for a Greek entrepreneur to start up a business manufacturing a beloved food item from his home. From those humble origins, Kronos Foods has grown to produce a variety of foods — covering meat, dairy and breads — that are enjoyed by consumers across the country.
Kronos Foods was founded by Chris Tomaras in 1975, when the gyro was just beginning to appear in American restaurants. They were being produced by chefs in Chicago, but the quality was very inconsistent. Tomaras developed and marketed the first GyroKones, which are pre-formed cones of gyro meat that can be heated on a vertical broiler and sliced on an as-needed basis by the foodservice operators. Interest in the GyroKone quickly took off, and Kronos Foods was on track for success.