After months of construction, Santorini Greek Taverna opens today at 4 p.m. Owner Tommy Karakostas has been working since fall to convert the old BRGR 9 spot in the Warehouse District into a breezy Greek bistro.
Karakostas also is the owner of the popular Lakewood eatery Greek Village Grille, as well as Greek Village outposts in Broadview Heights and Medina.
Santorini, a “modern Greek restaurant,” combines elements of the more casual Greek Village concepts with a more upscale, contemporary dinner menu. Dinner will feature a more ambitious menu comprised of Greek-style “meze,” or small plates, as well as shared platters and both traditional and contemporary Greek entrees.
At lunch (beginning next Monday), Santorini will offer the same type of quick, affordable gyros and sandwiches that Lakewood is known for. Most lunch items will be under $10.
On weekends, Santorini will stay open until 2:30 a.m. Weekend brunch will be the next addition to the lineup, with a roster of those famous gyro sandwiches, plus typical diner-style (read cheap) breakfast platters.
At 4,500 square feet, the warehouse space was always a bit dark and cavernous. Taking cues from its namesake island, Santorini is now bright and airy, boasting those trademark white-washed walls, sky blue accents, and colorful murals.
“We’ve opened up the interior a lot,” says Karakostas. “We also made it brighter by opening up a lot of windows that had been boarded up to try and bring in as much light as we can.”