BY ETHAN FORMAN
---- — DANVERS — The co-owner of the popular New Brothers Restaurant and Deli, Ted Kougianos, fell from a ladder while doing maintenance work on the roof at the back of the eatery yesterday morning.
Kougianos, 50, of Peabody was not seriously injured in the fall from the single-story building, said his business partner and brother-in-law, Kyriakos “Kary” Andrinopoulos, and public safety officials.
Fire Chief Kevin Farrell said Kougianos was coming down a ladder when the base of it kicked out from under him. He had been changing a worn belt in an exhaust fan.
Farrell said Kougianos was conscious, alert and talking when police and firefighters responded, and he had suffered a small laceration on his head. Police Sgt. Olivia Silva said he fell off an eight- to 10-foot ladder.
Kougianos was transported to Beverly Hospital by Lyons Ambulance. There was nobody named “Ted Kougianos” at Beverly Hospital yesterday afternoon, hospital spokeswoman Isabel Black said.
“He’s not critical,” said Andrinopoulos, who was working at the Maple Street eatery yesterday afternoon. He said his brother-in-law was simply being checked out at the hospital. Andrinopoulos was not at the restaurant yesterday morning when Kougianos fell.
“He’s doing OK,” Andrinopoulos said.
Kougianos and Andrinopoulos first opened their cafeteria-style Greek and American restaurant in Peabody in the mid-1980s before moving to Danvers in 1999. Pictures on the wall of the deli show the pair standing with movie stars, sports heroes, politicians and high school football teams.
Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.