Jimmy The Greek restaurant reopens in Boca Raton after owner Dimitrious Karaloukas killed

Posted at 1:13 PM, Mar 24, 2014
and last updated 2017-08-21 09:20:09-04

A Boca Raton restaurant was back open Monday, 11 days after owner Dimitrious Karaloukas, also known as Jimmy, was stabbed to death inside. The family said they are determined to carry on Jimmy's legacy.

Employees wore shirts commemorating his life and his passion to cook.

Faithful customers were quick to show up when the doors opened at 11 a.m., eager for the food and to support the family.

Investigators said Karaloukas was stabbed to death by an employee, Tilus Lebrun, on March 13 inside the restaurant.

His wife, Maria, says reopening the restaurant was what Jimmy would've wanted.

"He's got a crew in here that needs to support all their families. He wouldn't want us to mourn. He would want us to live life to the fullest, to be happy and healthy and keep it going," said widow Maria Karaloukas.

Lebrun remains in jail charged with murder.

Another employee, Luis Romero, was also stabbed in the attack and needed life-saving surgery.  The family says he is expected to survive.