Feb. 23, 2015 By Michael Florio
A Greek restaurant that is taking over the location of Frank’s Bakery is expected to open early next month.
The manager of Piatsa Souvlaki Greek Grill, located at 36-02 30th Ave, said the restaurant should be opening within two weeks
George Pardalis, the manager, said the timeline is dependent on how quickly he can train the staff he has recently hired.
The owner, who had lived in Greece until moving to Astoria 18 months ago, picked this location because he believes it is premier location in the neighborhood.
“My boss feels like 30th Ave is the heart of Astoria and that we are right in the middle of it,” Pardalis said.
The restaurant is expected to offer authentic Greek cuisine. The meat will be marinated and grilled Mediterranean style, as is done in Greece.
“It won’t be like any other food in this area,” Pardalis said. “It will taste like you are in Greece.”
The menu will consist of traditional Greek items such as souvlaki skewers, kebabs and gyros. It will also offer chicken and pork souvlaki, Greek steak and cheese, Yeero platters and burgers. (click for menu)
The restaurant will be open Mondays through Fridays from 10 am to 10 pm. On Saturdays it will be open from 10 am to 11 pm, while on Sundays its hours will be from 9 am to 10 pm.
The restaurant can seat up to 60 people.
However, there will be no waiter service. Instead, customers will order their food at the counter and then take it to their seats.
Pardalis said the restaurant has been generating a lot of buzz, with people constantly opening the door and asking him when it will be opening.
“I always hear how much longer do we have to wait,” he said. “People are really looking forward to it.”
Piatsa Souvlaki was originally set to open in late December but it faced several construction delays.
“We just want to make sure we have everything right when we open,” Pardalis said.
Frank’s Bakery had been located on that corner for 50 years. It closed last May.