Palm Court's Famous Key Lime Pie Offers Hope During Autism Awareness Month

  • Lia, age 10, is the inspiration behind Palm Court's Key Lime Pie for Autism Hero Project.Evelyn Horita

    Lia, age 10, is the inspiration behind Palm Court's Key Lime Pie for Autism Hero Project.Evelyn Horita

Updated 4/16/2019 10:58 AM

The Palm Court in Arlington Heights has a new owner and new initiative -- making a difference for those in need. A portion of sales from the purchase of Palm Court's tangy key lime pie will go the Autism Hero Project through April 30. The program started with a little sweetie pie named Lia and new Palm Court owner George Theodossopoulos' desire to give back to the community.

Lia's parent's Evelyn and Brian Horita approached Theodossopoulos when he first purchased Palm Court about creating a program to benefit the Autism Hero Project inspired by their daughter Lia. Doctors determined that Lia had some challenges and was placed on various therapies. Today Lia is 10 years old and while still mostly non-verbal, has made amazing progress and is a tremendous ray of sunshine and joy to be around thanks in part to the Autism Hero Project. George proposed donating a portion of sales from Palm Court's famous key lime pie during Autism Awareness Month, the rest is easy as pie!


George Theodossopoulos purchased the 40 year old Supper Club in January and has been working hard to develop programs to not only feed the appetites of the iconic establishments' patrons but also the soul of the community.

Theodossopoulos came to the United States in 1988 and depended on the community to make a difference as he learned English and adapted to the culture. Teachers, religious organizations, business establishments, coaches and his community made him feel welcome. Since that time, it has always been George's mission to give back. The new Palm Court owner has worked as a partner and general manager of Jameson's Charhouse in Arlington Heights, general manager at Medieval Times in Schaumburg and manager of Main Event Entertainment in Hoffman Estates but none of those roles afforded him the opportunity to really make the community impact he dreamed of.

Theodossopolous doesn't plan to stop with the Lia's Autism Hero Project; Palm Court will continue supporting community initiatives and help non-for-profit organizations in the Chicagoland area. Palm Court is excited to roll out several community-centric events, fundraisers and activities throughout 2019.

For information about donations, fundraising events or other programs, email Palm Court at

About Autism Hero Project

The Autism Hero Project seeks to improve the lives of children with autism, people otherwise on the autism spectrum, and their families through providing financial assistance for Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapeutic services, helping others understand autism-related needs in everyday life, and promoting more than just awareness among communities. We strive to create a world of inclusion, where ALL means ALL

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About Palm Court

Located near downtown Arlington Heights and just minutes from the Metra station, Palm Court brings a timeless classic ambiance alongside a tantalizing menu that combines American cuisine with European influences.

Palm Court has received rave reviews since the restaurant opened its doors in 1979 for its elegant ambiance, friendly service, and relaxed atmosphere. Palm Court sits on an impressive 8,800 square feet and boasts a sunken dining room, piano lounge, fireplace dining room, and dining hall, all set in a classic and abiding setting. Chef Michael has been creating alluring dishes for Palm Court since its inception, and our chef-driven menu includes timeless favorites like Tournedos of Filet Mignon, escargots, crisp Long Island Duckling, Veal Oscar and Provimi Calf's liver.

Palm Court is perfect for a night on the town, a business lunch or dinner, family affair, or simply drinks with friends, and brings an approachable sophistication to your dining experience. Palm Court can host your next special event from 15-300 people in one of their beautiful private rooms available throughout the year. For information, visit or call 847-870-7770.

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