New Greek restaurant opens in Chapel Hill

Mar. 07, 2013 @ 02:10 PM

Chapel Hill Greek restaurant opens today: A new restaurant, Kipos Greek Taverna, will open at The Courtyard on Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street on Sunday.

The restaurant is owned by Giorgios Bakatasias, CEO of the Giorgios Hospitality Group. The group of restaurants includes Bin 54, Village Burger, and City Kitchen in Chapel Hill, as well as Durham’s Parizade, Vin Rouge, Vita and the Nasher Museum of Art Museum Café.

The new restaurant will have lunch, dinner, late-night, and Sunday brunch service, as well as a bakery with baked bread, pastries, greek yogurts and coffee.  

The menu includes Greek dishes and items such as phyllo pies, lamb youvetsi and baklava, as well as small plates, rotisserie-cooked meats, and vegetarian dishes, according to a news release.

The concept was inspired by Bakatsias’ childhood. Kipos means “garden” in Greek.

“Kipos is not just a reflection of my experiences as a child but the realization of a dream for my entire family,” Bakatsias said in a news release. “Growing up, we became one with the garden, the olives and the grapes and we’re excited to share these experiences through the dishes we serve.”

The restaurant and bakery will be open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., Friday to Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday.

It’s at 431 W. Franklin St. in Chapel Hill in The Courtyard development, which also is home to Vimala’s Curryblossom Café, and it will house the Franklin Street Yoga Center starting in April.


Waffle House: The Chapel Hill location of the Waffle House breakfast chain is now targeted to open in April at 127 E. Franklin St., according to a spokeswoman for the company.


Pepper’s closed: Pepper’s Pizza has closed after more than 25 years of business on Franklin Street.

The owner cited a decline in business on Franklin Street in the last several years.

David Pepper Harvey said parking downtown is an issue, and he believes fewer University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students are coming off campus to dine due to better on-campus food options.

Harvey opened Pepper’s Pizza in July 1987. It was first located at 128 E. Franklin St., he said. It moved to 107 E. Franklin St. in 2006.


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