By Scott Pruden | Delaware Today
Delaware Today recently highlighted 36 women, including Claymont Steak Shop’s Demi Kollias, who share their tips for success—and how they’ve managed to find that tricky balance between their personal and professional lives.
Demi Kollias arrived in the United States 25 years ago with little more than a dream, having never traveled outside her hometown in northern Greece. Since then, she’s made herself at home, first managing a chain of 7-Eleven stores, then, in 2005, buying the original Claymont Steak Shop. Since then, she’s taken what was a stagnant brand and turned it into a two-store (soon to be three) chain, all the while keeping intact the quality of the shop’s legendary cheesesteaks and garnering the foodie awards to prove it. “I was able not only to improve it, but take it to another level in terms of product quality, service and name recognition,” she says. Through it all, her ability to prioritize—and always keep her family in the forefront—has helped her balance her life.
By Jacob Villega | Brandywine Line – Brandywine High School
When you’re roaming Delaware and you get a craving for a good old fashioned cheesesteak,where do you go?
Possibly Pat’s Pizza? Maybe Claymont Steak Shop? Or how about Capriotti’s? These three restaurants were rumored to have among the best cheesesteaks in Delaware, so we thought we’d put them to the test and find out for ourselves.
By Town Square Delaware
Who hasn’t seen pictures or videos of Vice President Joe Biden enjoying a juicy cheese steak from Claymont Steak Shop? While still in the Senate, Biden often made time to stop by one of his neighborhood eateries for a bite to eat and a chance to greet old friends. That’s because Claymont Steak Shop has been serving up subs even longer than Joe has been in public office. Restaurants don’t stay in business that long, and they certainly don’t get repeat business from one of the busiest officials in Washington just because of their good looks. Owner Demi Kollias is always brimming with ideas to keep the business (and her food offerings!) fresh, attractive and on top. We caught up with Demi to ask about her strategy for success — one that just about any other small business owner might appreciate.
Big Sandwiches, Low Prices at Claymont Steak Shop
Written by: Mark Nardone
Whether it offers first-class dining or an authentic taste of the First State, each restaurant on this list is worth the drive (and a repeat visit).
The Claymont mainstay is so popular among locals and out-of-staters that a second location recently opened in Newark, though the name remains unchanged.
News Journal Readers & Staff Taste-Testers Find the Yummiest Cheesesteaks in the StateBy Ryan Cormier, The News Journal
Based on reader’s submissions, a four-person panel of cheesesteak fans made up of reporters and editors at The News Journal feasted on steaks from the top three shops to determine a critics’ pick for the best cheesesteak in the state.
Claymont Steak Shop, with its exclusively-made rolls from Serpe’s Bakery in Elsmere and its wholesale rib-eye steak from its own Claymont Food Company, was crowned the winner!