Sam Zafiris, Village Burgers
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Sam Zafiris, Village Burgers

Sam Zafiris, Village Burgers

Sam Zafiris, who has been in the restaurant business since 1974, opened his latest business, Village Burgers, on Dec. 1. Village Burgers is located on Constellation Road in Vandenberg Village.

Name: Sam Zafiris

Business: Village Burgers

Location: 3787 Constellation Road, Vandenberg Village

Phone: 819-0816

Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

What products and services do you offer? We offer made-to-order hamburgers, french fries, salads, a selection of sandwiches as well as wraps, hot dogs, and a chicken dinner and fish dinner.

Who are your customers? The people of the Lompoc and the base. A lot of people from the Air Force.

How many people do you employ? I employ about 25 people.

How long have you been in business? I started in 1974. I opened Village Burgers on Dec. 1.

How did you get into this business? I came from the old country, Greece, in 1970. I wanted to come here and make something. My first job was in a restaurant.

While I was working in several restaurants, I learned the trade, perfecting my menu. I love the trade. There was an opportunity and I took it.

So in 1974 I opened a restaurant in Anaheim and later Riverside. I opened six stores there. I wanted to raise my kids on the Central Coast and in 1998 I started Orcutt Burger.

What do you like most about owning your own business? I like working with people, working with the community.

What do you find most challenging about owning this business? Most challenging is to perfect the food, make it whatever you think is best to attract the customers.

What do you do in your spare time? Right now I don't have spare time. Opening a new restaurant is a lot of work.

Is there anything you would like to add? In the near future, I plan to open for breakfast, starting at 7 a.m.

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