When I was a kid, there was always something delicious simmering in Grandma
Yia-Yia’s kitchen. That’s what I remember most about my childhood in Detroit.

With a love of food in my family and culture (Greeks view every meal as a reason
to celebrate), it’s no surprise that I was drawn to the restaurant business. When I
moved to LA, I couldn’t find the great authentic Greek food I’d grown up on.

After 10 years as a restaurant executive, I’m bringing together
my experience, heritage and great partners (including my wife, Lucy)
to create  Oregano Fresh Greek. It’s the Greek restaurant we’ve
always wished existed. And we hope you love it as much as we do.

–Kelly Markus
Founder, Oregano Fresh Greek


Greek people regard oregano as a symbol of joy and happiness— the word
literally means “joy of the mountain” from the Greek words “oros” (mountain)
and “ganos” (joy). In mythology, Aphrodite created the sweet scent of oregano to
make life more pleasant and delightful. It’s a key to Greek cuisine and it’s healthy,
too—with 4 times more antioxidant capacity than blueberries.

For us, the name says it all. Oregano Fresh Greek celebrates good, healthy
food shared with friends and family.


Kelly Markus
Kelly Markus is a second-generation Greek American from suburban Detroit, Michigan. He was raised in a large Greek family of six kids, enjoying homemade Greek foods, sandwiches, and pastries. From his youngest days, he recalls the happiness of sharing good food with family and friends. Inspired by his love for authentic Greek food, he founded Oregano Fresh Greek in 2011. He is excited to bring the delicious, authentic flavors of Greek cuisine to Southern California.
Lucy Gan
Drawing on her network of personal business contacts, Lucy is helping bring the dream of Oregano Fresh Greek to life. During her posts for Panda Express and Herbalife, Lucy worked with some of the most experienced brokers and project managers in California. From securing a location to overseeing finance and helping plan operations, Lucy aims to help Oregano Fresh Greek prosper.