Michael Family Restaurant Group

The Michael Family Restaurant Group currently consists of 4 restaurants all in the greater Piedmont Triad area of Winston Salem, North Carolina. Mama Zoe Michael’s and Waldo’s Wings Burgers & Brews, are both located in the same shopping center; Pine Ridge Plaza on Reynolda Road. Cin Cin Burger Bar is located on 1st street, downtown in the area of Wake Forest Baptist Hospital.. Our newest pristine restaurant, Yamas Mediterranean Street Food, is located on 4th Street near Foothills Brew Pub.

Christakis (Chris) Zenonos Michael was born and raised in Nicosia, Cyprus the third largest island in the Mediterranean. Chris’s parents had an interesting occupation; they operated the “Lesxi”, the prestigious and elite social club of Nicosia. Chris spent all his youth satisfying, charming, entertaining and gratifying the members of the club. These roots of servitude deep seated his passion and love for the hospitality industry.

Zoe Rizos Michael was born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, a small town located 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. Zoe’s parents also had an interesting occupation; they owned Christy’s Family Restaurant in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. Christy’s was not your ordinary restaurant, it was a high volume, dynamic, from-scratch-food-producing, multitude feeding institution. Everything was homemade’ meringue cream pies, fruit pies, bread rolls, jello, gravies, stuffed pork chops, ham loaf, meat loaves and all the good tasting homemade country foods imaginable. To this day, 47 years later, owned by her brother, the restaurant is still operating and serving customers daily. Zoe graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a double major, BS degree in Business Administration and a degree in Foodservice Management.

In 1984, Chris and Zoe married and commenced the beginning of The Michael Family Restaurant Group. The restaurant group was first established in Fort Myers, Florida where together they created, owned and operated 5 restaurant and a real estate office. In 2007 the Michael family relocated to North Carolina to survive the real estate, market and economy crash.

1984 Plaka II Restaurant
1986 Split Rail Restaurant
1992 Zoe’s Southern Grille
2000 The Margarita Grille
2004 Cin Cin Mediterranean Bar & Grille
2008 Mama Zoe Michael’s
2011 Mama Zoe’s Seafood Shack
2015 Waldo’s Wings Burgers & Brews
2016 Cin Cin Burger Bar
2019 Yamas Mediterranean Street Food

Unselfishly and cordially, Chris, Mama Zoe and family, give to you a salute of hospitality with the love to wine and dine, with the love of throwing parties and entertaining, and with the love and respect of being your neighborhood destination. We hope to see you soon!