Vasilios Priskos remembered for work to improve downtown Salt Lake

SALT LAKE CITY — The friends and family of noted downtown real estate developer Vasilios Priskos, who died Monday at the age of 53 following a long battle with cancer, are invited to attend Holy Trinity Cathedral on Friday, Oct. 13, from 6-9 p.m. Trisagion prayer service will be at 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Cathedral with interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Priskos was just 2 years old when his parents brought him to the U.S. from a tiny village on the Greek island Evia, but as an adult he would make a big, and lasting, impact on his family’s new home in Salt Lake City.

His passing was noted by the many individuals, businesses, churches and community organizations he became connected with as a developer who helped shape and modernize downtown Salt Lake City.

Priskos worked at the downtown restaurant his parents opened in 1981, Royal Burger (later to become Royal Eatery) while a student at Skyline High School. He would go on to earn a degree in finance from the University of Utah and, just four years after graduating, opened the real estate firm, InterNet Properties.

Priskos was a particular champion of Main Street, a busy retail anchor throughout most of the city’s history but one that underwent an exodus in the late 90s through the early 2000s as businesses opted for newer locales in malls and shopping centers outside the downtown core. Priskos helped revive the area, being unafraid to take over troubled properties and choosing to see a downtown that could be, amid the numerous empty storefronts.

While helping businesses like Eva’s Bakery, Mollie & Ollies, Whiskey Street, Caffé Molise and Apollo Burger get established downtown, Priskos devoted time to numerous community organizations. Those included the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Business News

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