Pappas founded the Holly Inn restaurant in Denver, Colo., in 1960. The popularity of its main dish caused long lines to form outside the establishment, and led Pappas to trademark the entree’s name.
“Everybody makes big stuffed burritos now, but 40 years ago, they were unheard of,” said George’s nephew Michael A. Pappas.
Pappas died on July 7 from heart failure. He was 80.