Pano Karatassos, the founder of multiconcept operator Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, is credited by many both in the industry and outside of it as putting Atlanta on the “culinary map.” The entrepreneur, who is of Greek descent, grew up working in his father’s import food business, Pano’s Food Shop, in Savannah, Ga. Later he worked in the Navy’s food department during military service. He graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in 1960 and did an apprenticeship at ...

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