CORAL SPRINGS, FL – It was definitely a first.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, a new restaurant opened in Coral Springs on Tuesday to the delight of city business leaders who welcomed the owners with a virtual ribbon-cutting event.

Two former New York City police officers had planned weeks ago to open their Mediterranean fast-casual franchise Gyroville at 1750 North University Drive. But the outbreak forced Irving and Maria Rodriguez to hold off the opening until Tuesday when they combined it with Cinco de Mayo celebration.

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“Thank you so much,” Maria Rodriguez said in a Zoom call with 40 members of the Coral Springs Coconut Creek Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“Come now. You’ll get 10 percent off,” she said, wearing a face mask and standing outside the restaurant alongside her husband.

And with that, the chamber’s CEO Cindy Brief cut the red ribbon during the call with many cheering on the official opening of the restaurant that serves gyros, feta fries, falafel bowls, Greek salad, and other Mediterranean delights.

“We just want to welcome Gyroville to our community,” Brief said. “We are so excited for you to be opening today with everything we’ve gone through. You are amazing people.”

Also, on the call were Coral Springs Mayor Scott Brook, Vice Mayor Joy Carter, and Commissioners Joshua Simmons and Shawn Cerra.

“You guys are a fantastic example of resilience in our community,” Brook said. “We couldn’t be more prouder, more excited to welcome you to our neighborhood and our chamber.”

Read our story about Irving and Maria Rodriguez and their vision for the restaurant here.

Gyroville is open for curbside and pick up.


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