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New owner for Ikonos Greek restaurant in Gig Harbor

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on Sep. 24, 2013 at 3:12 pm | No Comments »
September 24, 2013 3:12 pm
Ammar Mannaa, owner of  Ammar's Mediterranean Restaurant holds a lamb kebab meal at his Tacoma restaurant. File photo 2013. Lui Kit Wong/Staff Photographer
Ammar Mannaa, owner of Ammar’s Mediterranean Restaurant holds a lamb kebab meal at his new Tacoma restaurant. File photo 2013. Lui Kit Wong/Staff Photographer

Ammar Mannaa spent more than 20 years steadily building business at Mediterranean Palace, his tiny restaurant stand in Freighthouse Square near the Tacoma Dome. In less than a year, he’s expanded his business not once, but twice. His latest venture, Gig Harbor’s Ikonos, is an acquisition, rather than a build-from-scratch restaurant like Ammar’s Mediterranean Grill, which he opened in December near the Dome.

If you’ve not yet been to Ammar’s Mediterranean Grill, it’s a short walk from the Tacoma Dome. Mannaa and his wife, Sorada, converted that restaurant from a former antique shop.

The menu at their new Dome neighborhood restaurant is more formal and slightly deeper than that offered at Mediterranean Palace, which serves portable Greek eats in a food court setting at Freighthouse, just a few blocks from their sit-down service restaurant. Mannaa’s brother first operated the Freighthouse restaurant when it opened in 1989, with Mannaa taking over after his brother exited the business.

Lamb gyros at Ikonos come with seared lamb and you can order it with whole wheat pita.
Lamb gyros at Ikonos come with seared lamb and you can order it with whole wheat pita.

Like Mannaa’s Freighthouse restaurant, Ikonos already was a Greek sandwich shop. The restaurant most recently was owned and operated by Dan Walker, of nearby Ken Walker Jewelers. Mannaa said Walker recruited him to purchase Ikonos, and Mannaa said it seemed a good time to expand once again.

He’s made few changes to the Ikonos menu, other than adding his own recipe for tzatziki and other house-made dressings and changing the cooking method for the chicken kebab. One of my favorite dishes, lamb gyros, remains on the menu. Expect minor tweaks in the coming months.

Stay tuned: I’ll soon tell you about a new owner for another popular Greek restaurant.

More Gig Harbor restaurant news: The Hub Gig Harbor opened last Monday and two more restaurants are on the way in the next two months – Lunchbox Laboratory and Domo Sushi. Read more here.

Ikonos Real Greek Souvlaki
Opening: Now open, with new ownership
Where: 4920 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Gig Harbor; 253-858-7070

Mannaa’s other restaurants:

Ammar’s Mediterranean Palace
Where: 409 E. 26th St., Tacoma; 253-272-1047, palacemediterranean.com

Mediterranean Palace
Where: Inside Freighthouse Square, 430 E. 25th St., Tacoma; 253-272-0845, palacemediterranean.com

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