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SWFL family-run restaurant serves gratitude for nurses, doctors

One Lee County family is giving back to their healthcare heroes in the best way they know how — through food.

John Kladis owns “Eggcetera” off of Summerlin Road and runs the Fort Myers restaurant alongside his wife, Konstantina, and their daughter, Katerina.

John Kladis (Eggcetera owner, chef, Katerina Kladis (their daughter, restaurant hostess, worker) Konstantina Kladis (John’s wife, restaurant manager) (WINK News)

When the Greek family started seeing the impacts of COVID-19, they wanted to show their gratitude for the service of frontline workers during these tougher times.

“Nurses and doctors are working so hard right now to take care of us, so we like to do something to give back and to take care of them,” John said.

The Eggcetera chef said his family decided to re-open their restaurant doors a few weeks ago for the purpose of showing gratitude towards local nurses and doctors. They hung a sign outside Eggcetera that invites all doctors and nurses to come inside and enjoy any item on their menu, free of charge.

Healthpark hospital staff with their free meals from Eggcetera (WINK News)

“It’s very satisfactory to give back, to show humanity,” Konstantina said.

As the hostess at their family’s restaurant, Katerina said she looks forward to greeting and serving healthcare workers.

“I can’t wait until we get a nurse or doctor that comes in…it makes me so happy,” she said.

For those who may not be able to make a trip to their restaurant, John started delivering boxed meals to the nearby HealthPark hospital. He now starts his days before sunrise, firing up Eggcetera’s kitchen to cook breakfast burritos he’s happy to take to the nearby Lee Health medical center.

Messages written on breakfasts Kladis delivers to healthcare workers every morning. (WINK News)

“They’re so happy that we do that, and it satisfies us to see them happy,” he said.

The Greek chef added that he cooks from fresh ingredients he buys from local farmers and businesses.

“I would just like to say thank you so much on behalf of all the staff here at Cypress Cove,” said a staff member at Lee Health. “How nice it is to get a free meal. Thank you very much and we love to eat here and we will always keep coming here because we love their food.”

Cypress Cove (Lee Health) nurses thanking Eggcetera for free meals. (WINK News)

Eggcetera is now open for to-go orders between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Orders can be placed by calling 239-791-8227 and all healthcare workers can choose their meal free of charge.

Reporter:Melinda Lee
Writer:Briana Harvath
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