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Gyros invasion: Greek restaurants becoming a lot easier to find around Tacoma

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on Jan. 8, 2013 at 5:40 pm | No Comments »
January 8, 2013 5:57 pm
Don't these look delicious? Find gyros sandwiches and fries at a handful of new or moving Greek restaurants. News Tribune file photo.
Don’t these look delicious? Find gyros sandwiches and fries at a handful of new or moving Greek restaurants. News Tribune file photo.

Gyros come, gyros go. We’ve seen that happen a lot the last year. Recent restaurant closures include Zara Mediterranean and University Gyro House, both in downtown Tacoma, My Greek in Puyallup’s South Hill last July, and the closure several months ago of Gyros Place. It seemed as if the closures would drastically reduce our access to gyros, souvlaki and falafel (the horror!). Lucky for diners, when one gyros door closes here, another seems to open. Here’s a report about the recent moves and upcoming openings of four Greek restaurants:

* Look for My Greek to open in the next few weeks on Pearl in Tacoma in the old Shari’s at 2303 N. Pearl St. Owner Nader Morcos said via email this week that he expects to open by Jan. 15 at the Pearl location with a soft opening through January. The restaurant is an outpost of My Greek, the sit-down restaurant that operated in Puyallup’s South Hill. That restaurant closed in July and Morcos told me two months ago that another My Greek is set to reopen on South Hill in a new location at Sunrise Village, taking over the space where the conveyor belt sushi restaurant once operated (I’m trying to reach him by phone now to confirm that restaurant is still a go). Find more information about My Greek here.

* Ammar’s Mediterranean Grill has had a soft opening the last month at its new restaurant near the Tacoma Dome. This restaurant is an outpost of Mediterranean Palace, one of my favorite restaurants in Freighthouse Square’s food court. The fast-service Mediterranean restaurant has operated since 1989 and despite its locale in a food court, is one of the best restaurants in the region for that style of Greek food. Owner Ammar Mannaa opened his new restaurant quietly a month ago, but wanted little publicity until he fully staffed the restaurant, which is the first sit-down service restaurant for Ammar and wife Sorada. The restaurant’s menu extends beyond Greek with a few Italian and American dishes.  Here’s a story from October about his new restaurant.

* It’s Greek To Me on Sixth Avenue, a longtime tenant of that strange little building where Sixth and Division collide with Sprague, is still scheduled to move across the street to its new home this month. The new location across the street will have a bigger dining room, but will be the same style of fast-casual Greek food and pizza. Read more details here. Owner Jim Wick told me by email this week that he’s working on the move and it should happen soon.  Keep watching this blog for details. There’s also another It’s Greek to Me that opened in September 2010 in downtown Puyallup. That restaurant has a similar menu to its Sixth Avenue restaurant, but is a sit-down dinner spot. Find more information here.

* A TNT Diner reader reports that coming to University Place is a gyros restaurant in – surprise! – the home of the former gyros restaurant, Gyros Place. The reader reports a sign has gone up that says “Gyros Zone.” Stay tuned for details if/when that restaurant opens. Here’s more University Place restaurant news: The Chinese buffet that opened a short time ago already is closed. Why can’t University Place attract and keep restaurants?

On my watch list: The spaces that formerly housed University Gyro House – the fast food restaurant that catered to University of Washington Tacoma students – and Zara, the high-end and short-lived Mediterranean restaurant that closed in October, just after its first anniversary. No word yet on what’s next for those spaces. Also no word on what will move into My Greek’s former location on South Hill, next to the movie theaters near 136th and Meridian. (Ethiopian restaurant? Pie shop? Please?) There’s another vacancy in that strip mall – Jubilee Cupcakes closed at the end of December.

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