A local Greek chain is opening next month in the space vacated late last year by a Tennessee-based chain.
Grecian Gyro will open at 1700 Northside Drive in Atlanta in May.
It takes the place of Blue Coast Burrito, which closed its only Georgia location in December. It will be Grecian Gyro’s first location inside the Atlanta city limits and the seventh location overall for the fast-casual chain, which serves a variety of wraps, plates, salads and sides as well as a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free options.
There are also Grecian Gyro locations in Dunwoody, Forest Park, Hapeville, Johns Creek, Snellville and Tucker.
Nick Koulouris opened the first Grecian Gyro in 1982, nine years after he arrived in America from Kalamata, Greece, where he was a chef in the Greek army and did restaurant-related work. He chose Hapeville for his first restaurant because of the scarcity of authentic Greek restaurants in the area.
The new location is more than double the size of the original in Hapeville, which will allow for expanded offerings and a greater capacity for catering.
Specific to the Atlanta location will be a Greek market selling Greek beer and wine, olive oil, feta, pasta, cookies, chocolates and Izzy's European Ice Kreme, a Greek version of ice cream that will be sold by the scoop and in sundaes and shakes.
The Atlanta location will be open from 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
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