Cherokee County residents who enjoy the many flavors Greek and Mediterranean food has to offer now have the chance to enjoy these dishes without having to travel too far to do so.

Gyro Aegean Grill recently opened its doors to the public, giving patrons a taste of authentic Greek and Mediterranean dishes in a comfortable and laid back environment. Located on Towne Lake Parkway in the space formerly occupied by the Fajita Valley Mexican restaurant, Gyro Aegean Grill is roughly one block away from Main Street and the heart of downtown Woodstock.

“This is the first Greek restaurant in Woodstock,” Marketing Director Kiersten Sherman said. “We specialize in gyros, kebabs, and our Greek salad is very popular as well.”

In order to make the food as authentic as possible, Sherman said the restaurant brought in a Greek cook to teach the chefs all about Greek food and how to properly prepare them. From the many kinds of gyros and kebabs, to selections such as avgolemono soup, moussaka (an eggplant and ground beef casserole) and spanakopita (spinach pie with feta cheese), every dish on the menu at Gyro Aegean is as authentic as possible.

Sherman said the restaurant has been open for approximately three months, opening its doors shortly before restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic were put into place. However, the restaurant has begun welcoming customers into its dining room once again.

Since making the shift from Mexican food to Greek dishes, Sherman said reactions and feedback from restaurant patrons has been overwhelmingly positive, with many of the comments mentioning how good the service is, how good the food tastes and how much they like the ambiance and aesthetics of the restaurant. One reason for the change was that, given the relatively large number of Mexican restaurants in and around Woodstock, ownership wanted to offer something different for the area and cater to a different audience.

“Things have been going pretty well,” Sherman said. “We have been getting more customers in, with a good diversity of people.”

Moving forward, Sherman said the restaurant is hoping to add events such as trivia and karaoke nights to draw in an even wider range of patrons, while not losing sight of another key target demographic, the local lunch crowd. Gyro Aegean has also applied for a liquor license so it can have a full bar available to patrons, in addition to the beer and wine already allowed to be served. Lastly, the restaurant is looking at ways it could expand the menu in the future to give guests plenty of choices available to enjoy.

“We are a family-run restaurant, so we wanted to have a more chill environment,” Sherman said. “This has been very well received.”

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