Golden Fleece Restaurant in Detroit, Michigan

Spero Dionysopoulos’ father, Nick, knew a good story when he heard one. And he shared such stories with his son.

“When I was growing up,” Spero says today, “my father didn’t tell me fairy tales. He told me myths.”

Greek myths, that is: accounts of Hercules and other heroes who sailed with Jason and the Argonauts in quest of the famed golden fleece—a glistening woolen coat of a magical ram that could fly. And that’s hardly surprising; after all, in 1970, Nick and his brother, Bill, opened the Golden Fleece Restaurant in the center of Detroit’s Greektown with high hopes of their own…