CHICAGO — A prime corner business front that was vacant for more than two years along 111th Street in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood has returned to active status amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Gyro Grill - Mt. Greenwood will soon dish out Greek food at space most recently occupied by Marie's Cafe & Catering. They'll be open at 3660 W. 111th St. for pickup orders only beginning on Sunday, May 3.
The restaurant is owned by Mike Vasilas, an Oak Lawn native and resident who has owned the Gyro Grill in Tinley Park for the past year.
"We're here to take care of the neighborhood," Vasilas said. "All of the first responders, police and firefighters have been very supportive. Our feedback here in the neighborhood and Tinley Park has been tremendous."
Gyro Grill will serve "traditional Greek food coming from mom and dad," he said.
"Everything is home made, from scratch. Our quality, quantity and freshness will speak for itself."
The menu will be similar to the menu at the Tinley Park Gyro Grill, but Vasilas said more pastries may be offered in Mount Greenwood because the space is larger.
"We use the best quality meat for our gyros," Vasilas said, calling the "Hercules Platter" among the top selling menu items in Tinley Park.
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The Hercules Platter, as stated on the menu, includes two chicken skewers, two pork skewers, two filet skewers, two shrimp skewers, 1/2 gyro, pita and tzatzik.
"For Serious Eaters Only! Feeds 2-3."
In Mount Greenwood, neighbors have "been excited about having something different," Vasilas said.
The restaurant announced their daily hours in a social media post here:
Vasilas said his staff has been ready to open since the beginning of April but delayed it due to safety concerns regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
"We're not going to keep people waiting any longer," he said.