Sir Reo Stakis Casino Plaque

Contributed by Robert Pool

Sir Reo Stakis Casino Plaque

A classic rags to riches story. Sir Reo Stakis (born Argyros Anastasis) (13 March 1913 - 28 August 2001) was an Anglo-Cypriot hotel magnate, longtime head of Stakis Hotels.He was born in Kato Drys, Cyprus 13 March 1913 and left for Great Britain in 1928, aged 14. He started selling his mother's handmade lace door-to-door and gradually headed north, settling in Glasgow. By the 1940s, Stakis was involved in his first restaurant, the Victory in Glasgow, whose affordable prices began to change the way Scottish people dined out. By the 1960s, he had a chain of thirty restaurants and hotels throughout Scotland. In 1962, he bought the Dunblane Hydro Hotel, which was run-down yet within six months he had returned it to profit. Stakis was to make his home in the grounds of that hotel. Stakis opened Scotland's first casino, the Chevalier, in 1964 and gradually added several other casinos to the Stakis group. However, his flagship hotel, The Grosvenor, was destroyed by fire in 1978. He was knighted in 1988. This plaque represent the last official opening he made prior to his death. There is now nothing left of the once vast empire that young Reo Stakis created. Property of Robert Pool

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