Manatos’ Greek revival
By: Kiki Ryan
July 27, 2010 11:24 AM EST
At Monday night’s celebration of Mike Manatos’s 20th anniversary with the Manatos & Manatos firm, Greek Washingtonians turned out in force at the Kellari Taverna (which is also Greek, naturally) to celebrate the lobbyist, whose family arrived in the U.S. from Crete nearly 100 years ago. (His father, Andy Manatos, founded the firm with his father, also named Mike Manatos.)
Rep. John Sarbanes and his father, former Sen. Paul Sarbanes; Rep. Gus Bilirakis and his three young kids; and Rep. Dina Titus represented the Greek contingent from the Hill. They posed for pictures with other attendees with Greek ties, such as former U.S. Ambassadors to Greece Charlie Ries and Robert Keeley.
POLITICO also spied MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and Rep. Michael McMahon chatting in one corner of the K Street restaurant. They were overheard talking about the best bars in town, with the “Hardball” host telling the freshman congressman that he should get off the Hill more and check out the Irish family-owned bar he’s been frequenting since 1971, Martin’s Tavern in Georgetown.
Also in attendance were Matthews’s wife, Kathleen Matthews, the former anchor of ABC 7 News and current Marriott International executive vice president, and Manatos’s wife, Fox 5 News anchor Laura Evans. (She had her hands full with the couple’s new baby.)
And making a rare social appearance was House Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Livingood. The former Secret Service agent for President John F. Kennedy came to support his friend, with whom he serves with on the board of the Make-a-Wish Foundation.