When you place an order with Bubba’s Poutine and Pizzeria you’re not just getting a meal: you’re getting a slice of Doulas family history. That’s the name behind one of Kingston’s favourite pizza restaurants, and their story is a typical immigrant tale of perseverance, persistence and ultimately, pizza perfection, the kind that keeps you coming back to Bubba’s (http://www.bubbaspizzeria.com).
The story begins in Kandila, Greece, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kandila) a town in the western part of Greece located 3 kilometres from the Ionian Sea in the foot of the Acarnanian Mountains. Mama and Papa Doulas had three sons – the oldest Chris, middle brother George and the youngest, Tasso – who longed to escape the poverty of their tiny village. With little opportunity and no real education, the brothers survived by taking any manual labour job they could find, farming, paving roads and gardening; Chris even opted for a brief stint in the Greek army. That all changed in 1971, when the two eldest Doulas sons decided to emigrate. They were followed by Tasso in 1974.
With little more than the shirts on their back and a dream of a better life, the Doulas brothers set out on their Canadian adventure. All three wound up working in restaurants, bouncing around from Napanee to Midland until Chris found his way to Kingston in 1978, where he worked at the old Broadway Restaurant near City Hall. In 1982, George decided it was time to make his mark: he opened the original Bubba’s on Johnson at Frontenac and the Doulas Family has never looked back!
Over the years the brothers have expanded both their menu and their operations – their signature poutine hit the menu in 1988, and in 1993 Tasso opened Bubba’s on Princess Street. However, with the move of The Original Bubba’s in 1985 from Johnson to its current King Street location, the Doulas brothers had finally found a permanent home. The rest, as they say, is history!