KENOS.... A History

Kenos Family Restaurant has been a part of the Canyon since its inception in 1983.  Kenos opened its doors on August 3rd, 1980. The current owners, the Cooper family, began owning and operating the business on July 21, 1993.  For the past thirty years, Kenos has grown with the Canyon.  But one thing at Kenos has stayed the same throughout the decades: the food & the people. 

Although the times have changed and food trends come and go, our world-famous pancakes and famous fried chicken are still some of Kenos' best sellers!  Our pancakes have been made the same way (with our same super secret recipe) for the past thirty years!  And as for the Famous Fried Chicken.... Kenos has deemed Tuesday Night as Chicken Night since it's opening back in 83'. 

The building goes up!

The building goes up!

Check out the construction as the building went up!

The early stages of Kenos.

The interior of Kenos..

The interior of Kenos..

the building is close to completion...

the building is close to completion...

What is known today as the soda fountain area is being built.

What is known today as the soda fountain area is being built.

The kitchen!

The kitchen!

Kenos was open 24 hours back in 1980s.

Kenos was open 24 hours back in 1980s.

The building in its early stages

The building in its early stages

The Building is coming together!!

The Building is coming together!!

The coffee Shop and front window being constructed.

The coffee Shop and front window being constructed.

Kenos.. back in the 1980s.

Kenos.. back in the 1980s.

The stairs leading to the offices/roof

The stairs leading to the offices/roof

Frank and Steve on opening day: August 3rd 1983. Steve Cooper (Left) Pictured with Frank Kundanis co-owner and operator from 1988- until his passing in 2007.  Frank's legacy as a hardworking and moral businessman is still a large part of Kenos to this day

Frank and Steve on opening day: August 3rd 1983. Steve Cooper (Left) Pictured with Frank Kundanis co-owner and operator from 1988- until his passing in 2007.  Frank's legacy as a hardworking and moral businessman is still a large part of Kenos to this day

Geno pictured with Steve

Current Kenos Employees (pictured in 2005) Mamay, Canseco, Roman and Edilma.   

General Manager Renee Bock with owner Sandy Cooper

Chef Andy pictured with Steve Cooper

FAMILY

The Kenos family has evolved over the past thirty years, but many faces have stayed the same.. It's not just our customers that continually come in day after day.. it's our staff! A few of our staff have been working at Kenos before it was owned and operated by Steve Cooper.  Busboy Canseco, Cook Andy and two servers Roman and Eddie have all been with Kenos for over thirty years!  Even our General Manager, Renee Bock, has been with a member of the Kenos family for over 15 years! 

Then there's the gov, the local celebrity- Geno!  Gene is a WWII Vet, and when he retired from Sears almost 20 years ago, he decided to rejoin his son Steve at Kenos.  Geno can still be seen to this day walking the floor of Kenos with his customary cup of coffee- talking with guests at any table....

When looking back on his 20 plus years as owner, Steve Cooper said one of the most rewarding aspects of Kenos has been watching some of his younger patrons that came in with their parents, grow into parents of their own!!!

Three generations of Cooper men (Steve, Geno, Robert) pictured sitting on the Kenos counter.

Three generations of Cooper men (Steve, Geno, Robert) pictured sitting on the Kenos counter.

TODAY...

Today, Kenos is still changing and adapting to the Canyon... With a recently updated exterior, Kenos is still your favorite neighborhood stop! We still have our world famous pancakes, and fried chicken on Tuesdays!  The Lounge is still decked out with The Rat Pack and gives off just the right 'old Vegas' vibe you've been missing! Come say hi!  We hope to see you soon!

The beginning of the exterior remodel.

The stone wall is going up!

The plants are GONE!

The stone goes up!

The stone goes up!

Just another day..

Ahh, so long plants.. it was a fun 30 years!

The plants are ready to be planted!  The exterior landscape is starting coming together!!

The plants are ready to be planted!  The exterior landscape is starting coming together!!

Kenos TODAY

Kenos TODAY