Chip’s Family Restaurant was buzzing with excitement at what they hope will become a principal destination in Trumbull. The restaurant’s soft opening was Monday, Aug. 12.

The restaurant, with locations in Fairfield and Orange, is now open at the new Monroe Turnpike plaza, near the corner of Route 111 and Route 25. It opened to the public on Tuesday.

It was a full house at the “Friends and Family Training Dinner” the day before the official grand opening, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. From one step through the door of the Trumbull location, the energetic and bright atmosphere looks to be the beginning of great things, and the owners have put an emphasis on giving back to the community.

Chip’s co-owner Georgie Chatzopoulos says Chip’s secret is simple.

“We are a family restaurant,” he said. “Everything is homemade and that’s what makes the difference. We are here because of the local people.

“I believe that providing good service, great food and a friendly atmosphere will keep our customers coming back.”

Servers were bustling around the dining room in the notable Chip’s T-shirts that give a nod to the restaurant’s award-winning pancakes. Food from the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus was being served in order to provide the full experience for customers of this family-friendly restaurant.

The ultimate mission for the friends and family night was a fund-raiser for St. Vincent’s Medical Center SWIM Across the Sound Center. It was described as an overwhelming success, as Chip’s collected over $1,200 to benefit the organization that brings cancer awareness, education and assistance to the community.

“Chip’s has been a wonderful friend of St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound,” Lyn Fine-McCarthy, executive director of St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation, said. “Most recently, they supported our radiothon and have held other events to help us raise money for individuals and families facing cancer. We are grateful to Chip’s for their generosity and community focus. This is a terrific addition to the Trumbull area.”

State Rep. Tony Hwang(R-134) attended to support SWIM Across the Sound and enjoyed the full Chip’s dining experience with his family. Hwang applauded this commitment to community by Chip’s, while also raving about the food that makes Chip’s so great.

Hwang said he relates to Chatzopoulos, since both are immigrants with a goal of “service above self.”

“Chip’s has been strongly supportive in giving back to the community and its invaluable non-profits and charitable organizations,” Hwang said. “Georgie’s focus has always been to give back to the community that has made his restaurants successful.

“As a fellow immigrant, we both love this country and are grateful for the opportunity to live the American dream,” Hwang said. “Working hard to succeed and maintain a commitment to this community is an unfailing value that we mutually share.”