This is the story of Mehmet Akyar. It all began in 1987 when a young man got the dream to come to America. Although he had no English and no skills to survive in the United States, he, Mehmet Akyar wanted to go to the United States. A man by the name of George Johnston aka Papa gave him that chance to come to the US. Boarding an airplane, Mehmet took off leaving his home in Bergama, Izmir, Turkey, and heading to the US.
Mehmet landed in Key Largo, FL, where he was met by Papa and his wife Peggy. They took him into their home and introduced him to the US. After staying there a few months, they moved him up to the New England states where Papa had some friends that could teach Mehmet some English and a skill to make it easier for him in the US.
Mehmet made friends in the New England states and due to the fact that Mehmet is a bit hard to pronounce the people up North decided to call him “George” from that moment on he has been known as George. While in Vermont and New Hampshire, George learned the skills of working in Pizza shops and eventually became partners with a gentleman by the name of Spiro where he co- owned a business providing pizzas and subs. George stayed there until he decided that the cold weather was just not his “cup of tea”, so he headed south to seek a warmer climate.
This is where the George that we all know here in Oxford began. In September of 1999, George came here and bought a business that was located in the Old Pizza hut building on Industry Drive. He name it Oxford Village Pizza and Subs Family Restaurant. Through some hard times and some definite changes he has made this business a success. This business has gone through so many changes with the first real major change happening in April 2006. By adding on to the original building 1500 sq. ft., he added what is now known as the TV room where special parties and events are held. He extended the kitchen and prep stations which was a needed addition.
Oxford Village Pizza and Subs Family Restaurant has gone through multiple changes over the years since George opened up in 1999, he decided that the name was too long that everyone that entered into the doors of the restaurant said that they were going to “George’s” so back in 2010 he changed the restaurant to “George’s”.
The restaurant was doing a good business but George was still not satisfied, he had to complete one more task, he had to make one more addition to “George’s” he built the Bar area in November 2011.
From the moment George came to Oxford, he has providing good food and customer service to the people that enter into the building. He offers a variety of foods such as pizzas, pasta, subs, salads, beef entrees, fish entrees, chicken entrees, homemade desserts and now he offers a full bar. George has made it his goal to offer something for everyone.