The Jamaica Plain Gazette notes the death of Stavros Frantzis, 72.
Twenty years ago, he and former partner Mordechai Levin rehabbed a notorious Hyde Square nightclub and cut a bargain deal to make it the home of Bella Luna Restaurant and Milky Way Lounge. The project revitalized the neighborhood, and Bella Luna/Milky Way is now a JP institution. (Its controversial rent-dispute move to The Brewery came years after Stavros was out of the picture.)
Frantzis did similar work in Roslindale Square in the area surrounding Birch Street, which now features a number of restaurants and boutiques, as well as a European-style courtyard.