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News Nearby: Little Athens Restaurant to Close

The Greek restaurant in Sewickley plans to continue serving food through the catering business.

News Nearby: Little Athens Restaurant to Close

has been a staple in the village for more than a dozen years.

On Tuesday, the Greek restaurant will close, but not before saying a special farewell to loyal customers with going away celebration of sorts. 

Evyennia Kontoulis, manager, said the restaurant will open at 4 p.m. Tuesday and will have $3 sandwiches and specials at the bar. Hot sausage, burgers and hot dogs fresh from the grill will also be served.

“It’s supposed to be nice out, so my dad’s going to be grilling outside,” she said.

Around 8 p.m., DJ Dick will begin spinning tunes. The restaurant at 518 Locust Place will close its doors at 2 a.m.

At just 19 years old, Kontoulis took over the restaurant from her parents, Lori and Vasilis Kontoulis, last summer. Running the family business full-time while majoring in secondary education at  Robert Morris University, kept Kontoulis plenty busy.

She said the family decided to sell the restaurant after 13 years to focus attention on the growing catering business, a decision she described as bittersweet. when her parents opened  and grew up watching her mother and father work in the kitchen, before joining in the work.  

“Honestly, it’s a big weight off our shoulders,” she said.“I did grow up here, so it will be different.”

Kontoulis said a company called Sidelines Bar and Grill purchased the Locust Place establishment.

SidelinesTweet last month that the restaurant will be opening approximately late April. 

Customers who can’t live without the gyros, baklava, rice pudding, and spinach pies they've grown to love will be happy to know they can still find Little Athens at the .  

“Everything that we normally have at the Farmers Market, we’ll still have,” she said. 

This article originally appeared on Sewickley Patch.  

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