CITRUS PARK — You'll be able to nosh on a gyro or spanakopita in between your holiday shopping this year with the newest addition to the Westfield Citrus Park mall's food court.
Last week, the Little Greek Restaurant opened there, serving up its fast casual Greek eats to droves of mallgoers.
The restaurant serves Americanized Greek dishes, including salads, pitas and wraps. More traditional Greek fare can be found there as well, including mousaka, an eggplant, potato and ground beef-style casserole, and dolmades, which are grape leaves stuffed with rice, ground beef, tomatoes and herbs. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available.
Located at 8021 Citrus Park Town Center, this marks the second mall location for the Little Greek restaurant chain.
"WestShore Plaza was the first food court location for our company and the results made opening another an easy decision," said Nick Vojnovic, president of the Brandon-based Little Greek Franchise Development.
Vojnovic is the past president of Beef 'O' Brady's. In April 2011, he formed a partnership with Little Greek founder Sigrid Bratic.
Since then, the two have opened 11 Little Greek locations, eight in the Tampa Bay area, including a Westchase location, two in Texas and one in Little Rock, Ark. The Citrus Park mall is Little Greek's 16th locations.
The Citrus Park food court location will provide dine-in, take-out and catering service.
Little Greek at Westfield Citrus Park is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Visit mylittlegreek.com
Village Inn revived near Westchase
Westchase residents have long bemoaned the lack of breakfast options in the neighborhood. Well, that's changing soon, according to a "coming soon" sign that's been hanging in front of a restaurant storefront on Racetrack Road for a few weeks.
The Village Inn Westchase, at 13001 Race Track Road, is set to open mid January, according to Mark Marchetta, a spokesman for the Dow Sherwood Corp., the company that owns and manages the new location.
A Village Inn had occupied the same spot before closing in 2007.
Known for its free pie Wednesdays and traditional breakfast fare, Village Inn has gone through a transformation of sorts in recent years by remodeling its restaurants to reflect a more modern edge, revamping the company logo and introducing a low calorie menu.
When the original restaurant closed in 2007, it was owned by the Village Inn corporation. Now run by Dow Sherwood, it becomes part of the family-owned company's long history of Village Inn restaurants.
The Dow Sherwood Corp. opened the first Village Inn in Tampa more than 50 years ago. The family-owned company now runs 11 locations throughout Florida and Virginia.