When Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner, R-Ohio, came to the area for an Oct. 18 fundraiser, he created a lot of unusual activity in Englewood when he decided to eat dinner at Steak House 10.
“We had no idea Rep. Boehner was coming to have dinner with us,” said Kosta Kallas, co-owner of Steak House 10 at 3517 S. Elati St. “Someone called up to make reservations for 8 p.m. and asked for two tables set up close together, one for three people and one for four people. We figured we could accommodate them so we just put it in the reservation book.”
He said, on Oct. 18, the morning waiter called to tell him there was a man asking a lot of questions about the 8 p.m. reservation for seven people.
“I told the waiter we would put them upstairs, which made them happy,” Kallas said. “Later we learned they liked it because it is less busy upstairs, and the Boehner party could come up the stairs to the tables without coming through the main building entrance.”
Dinner came after a fundraiser held in the Cherry Hills Village home of Charles and Diane Gallagher, where Boehner and Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, were on hand to help the National Republican Congressional Committee raise money to elect members of their party to Congress next year.
“We were surprised when four Secret Service agents came in asking about the location and we showed them the upstairs tables,” Kallas said. “Then four more agents escorted Rep. John Boehner into our restaurant. It was really something special for us that he decided to have dinner here.”
A Secret Service agent asked who would serve the party, and Kosta’s brother Peter Kallas told them he was co-owner of the restaurant and would be serving Boehner, his guests and the Secret Service Agents.
Kosta Kallas said Boehner and his party stayed about two hours.
“He was pretty informal and we got to talk to him,” he said. “He was nice and he was pleasant. We talked about this and that. We also talked about the restaurant business because his family brought him up in the restaurant business. He laughed and said he knew why we were in the restaurant business since we were Greeks like a lot of other Greeks.”
Kallas said Boehner appeared to be relaxed. He shed his coat and loosened his tie. He also was cordial when other restaurant customers recognized him and came to the table to talk to him.
“While we were talking to him, he told us he always tried to support local, family-owned businesses and I’m glad he feels that way,” Kallas said. “I also am glad he came here. This was a huge deal for Steak House 10 and Englewood because Rep. Boehner could have gone to any restaurant in the Denver area and we are excited and proud he selected to come here to eat. He had a New York steak, Pittsburgh style, which is prepared on a very hot grill so it is seared crisp on the outside and remains rare inside. He said he enjoyed it and dining at Steak House 10 was a good experience.”