Good news for folks like me who were sorry to see the popular Agora Restaurant on Somerled Avenue in N.D.G. close its doors last summer. Chef Fotis Vasilakakis has breathed new life into the establishment, rebranding it Olympic Agora.
Emmanuel Plaitis had purchased the 60 seat eatery from original owner Peter Vamvakaris towards the end of 2010. All seemed to be going well, until the surprising closure. Fortunately, veteran restaurant man Vasilakakis stepped up to the plate. When I dined there with family members I was most impressed to see the new owner step out of the kitchen on more than one occasion to visit each table and see how their meals were going. He even had the waitress present several items on the house -not a bad PR move when trying to lure back former customers and attract new ones.
I had the trademark Greek chicken, a quarter breast with rice and Greek potatoes. It was excellent. The old Agora menu, with such favorites as Greek salads, brochettes, lamb chops, steaks, sole, salmon filet, remains intact, but with the new Fotis touch.
Fotis told me that a website is in the planning stages. The address is at 6544 Somerled . For more information call 514-484-1111.