For the last 30-some years, Omicron has just been the name of Vasilios Tsiampas' restaurant in West Bend.
Recently, it became the latest Greek letter to name a COVID-19 variant.
Tsiampas, who goes by Bill, has a sense of humor about the coincidence.
"You tell the people, come on over," Tsiampas said. "We have plenty of food and we're not a virus."
The restaurant on Main Street in West Bend serves more than 200 menu items from American burgers to Greek gyros and Italian pasta dishes.
"Everything you order is good," Tsiampas said.
He opened Omicron Family Restaurant on Main Street in West Bend more than 30 years ago along with his brother. His family has been operating Greek restaurants for more than five decades. Tsiampas owned two restaurants in Milwaukee before opening Omicron in West Bend.
Tsiampas said his business has been up and down throughout the COVID-19 pandemic — he shut down completely for a time last year. The restaurant has managed to keep going.
Tsiampas picked the name Omicron — a letter in the Greek alphabet — because he thought it was different.
"So, it's catchy, it's easy to pronounce," Tsiampas said. In Greek, the letter is pronounced with an "OH" sound, Tsiampas said.
"This is the small 'o,'" Tsiampas said. "Micro means small in Greek."
Now, it matches the Omicron variant of the coronavirus that has disrupted life across the globe since early 2020. The newest variant has so far been identified in half a dozen states.
Tsiampas has plans.
"This will be good for a joke," he said.
He's going to buy some Corona beer (it's not on the restaurant's current drink list) so that customers can have Corona at Omicron. He's also ordered T-shirts to commemorate it.
Other companies that have found themselves in a similar position, like Delta Airlines, had different reactions. The CEO of Delta opted to call that variant by its scientific name.
"With the name, it didn't hurt us," Tsiampas said. "I think it's going to be a plus."
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