Stop copying me: Newest COVID variant shares name with Wisconsin restaurant

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WEST BEND, Wis. (WFRV) – If only the rules of first come/first serve applied to naming new variants of COVID-19, as one restaurant in Wisconsin now shares a name with the newest COVID variant.

Omicron Family Restaurant says they offer something for everyone and include multiple choices in their cuisine:

  • American
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Mexican

The restaurant is located in West Bend, which is about 35 minutes south of Fond du Lac.

Omicron Family Restaurant is currently open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The restaurant has been open for multiple decades as they were featured in a local newspaper back in 2015.

The owner tells Local 5 that his father (Bill Tsiampas) and uncle (John Tsiampas) started Omicron together and have been in the restaurant business for over 50 years. They both came to America when they were 14 years old.

Omicron Family Restaurant

People apparently come in and take pictures with the sign. The restaurant also ordered custom t-shirts to help embrace the correlation between the new variant and the restaurant’s name. The shirts will be available after Dec. 13.

Omicron Family Restaurant

There have been numerous COVID-19 variants, with Delta previously garnering the most attention. The newest variant: ‘Omicron’ was named after the fifteenth letter of the Greek alphabet. On the WHO’s tracking page, they have five variants listed:

  • Alpha
  • Beta
  • Gamma
  • Delta
  • Omicron

Now, why did they skip from Delta to Omicron? Well, the New York Times says that some of the letters were skipped for various reasons. ‘Nu’ was reportedly too easily confounded with ‘New’.

More information on the restaurant can be found on their website.

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