WESTFIELD, NJ – Ambeli Greek Taverna opened the doors to its new location in downtown Westfield last month. The restaurant expanded from its original spot in Cranford, which has been open for nearly three years.
According to owner Christos Zavolas, it was not his idea to open a second restaurant.
“Mr. Gary Goodman, my landlord in Cranford came to me and asked if we could open in Westfield,” he said. “I wasn’t looking to open another restaurant, but because Mr. Goodman asked me to come, that’s why I came to Westfield.”
Both locations feature the same menu, known for Greek classics like baklava, moussaka and gyro. The most popular dish is the octopus, Zavolas said.
“The Westfield spot is a little larger than Cranford,” he added. “We have two restrooms and a larger kitchen. But there’s no difference in price and the menu is the same.”
So far, the opening is going better than expected in Westfield, according to Zavolas.
“I am truly humbled by the reception and the kindness of the people that have come so far,” he said. “I am humbled by the support and the well-wishers. It’s been amazing and I love it. Cranford is my baby, but the reception in Westfield is nothing short of humbling.”
Although he has plans to officially celebrate the opening of Ambeli’s second home, Zavolas and his two brothers, Elias and Vasilios, are concentrating on running both restaurants as smoothly as possible for now.
“My goal is to work out all the kinks that every restaurant has when it opens and eventually do a grand opening, but we’re a couple months away from that,” he said.
Ambeli Greek Taverna is located at 39 Elm St. in Westfield. For more information, click here.