Douglas family brings 'Major League' success to Woonsocket store

Douglas family brings 'Major League' success to Woonsocket store

WOONSOCKET - Rebecca and Nicholas Gianakis are no newbies to the restaurant game.

The couple opened their first restaurant in Florida more than 20 years ago.

In the 1990s, Rebecca and Nicholas opened a breakfast spot known as The Little Coffee Bean. They expanded the concept to four locations across Massachusetts before selling the successful franchise in 2007.

The couple then moved on to sandwich shops, opening the original Major League Roast Beef in Worcester, Mass., some 11 years ago. That location has since been sold to family, and a second store in Auburn, Mass., still continues to grow after five years in operation.

In their latest endeavor, the Gianakis family has opened Major League Roast Beef and Wings at 67 Cumberland St., bringing the best of the Auburn and Worcester stores to Woonsocket.

The restaurant offers a "major" list of specialty sandwiches, soups, salads, appetizers and hamburgers, including unique offerings such as the "Juicy Lucy," a patty stuffed with blue cheese and topped with red onions, and the "Surf and Turf," a lobster-stuffed delight topped with melted Brie cheese.

"It's really just a few items that we use in a lot of different combinations," explained Rebecca.

The restaurant's clam chowder came in second place for two consecutive years at the Newport Chowder Festival, and the chicken, burgers, roast beef and wings, available for dine in or take-home, are never frozen, said the owners.

"The roast beef comes right out of the oven and onto the slicer. That's how fresh it is," Rebecca said.

The store sports a freestyle Coke machine offering 144 different combinations, and also sells steak tips and half pound lobster sandwiches. Chicken wings are offered in sizes from six to 120.

The restaurant will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. "pending football season," Rebecca said.