On feast days banquets were held inside the Hestiatorion, bringing the public and divine spheres of the community closer to each other.
The Hestiatorion was also the place where the rebel Kasos was taken to and held in, awaiting transportation to Mykonos, after he had caused ruckus and slain one of the guards on Delos. At the suggestion of the philosopher Sokrates, Kassandra infiltrated the banquet hall and helped Kasos escape.
Behind the scenes
The name of the place, εστιατόριο (estiatório) is Greek for 'restaurant, banquet hall'.