This title celebrates the centennial of the Bright Star, a fixture in downtown Bessemer and a lodestar for lovers of good eating everywhere. Like the celestial body after which it was named, the Bright Star Restaurant has served as a beacon that has attracted people to downtown Bessemer, Alabama, for 100 years. During that time, the restaurant has become a landmark in the city to which its history has been inextricably linked. The book tells the story of the Greek immigrant who left his tiny village in the rugged mountains of Greece's Peloponnesos region for the uncertainty of a new life in a new country. The story traces the founding of the restaurant in 1907 and the family that continues the tradition of fine food and genuine hospitality that began there a century ago. More than a history of a brick-and-mortar business, the book is the story of people - the excitement of the immigrants who came to these shores seeking a better life for their families, family that became known for their commitment to their community, and the evolution of a restaurant from a small cafe with a horseshoe-shaped bar to one of the true landmarks on the culinary landscape of Alabama. Steelworkers to senators, all have enjoyed the Bright Star's fine food and have experienced the genuine southern hospitality of the restaurant's owners. In addition to being a great place to eat, the Bright Star has developed a reputation for being part of the city's ""family."" Legions of loyal patrons have made the Bright Star their restaurant of choice for everything from a casual lunch to the setting for a festive holiday gathering.