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Taki’s Greek Kitchen Opens Thursday

Progressive Greek restaurant in space previously occupied by Tucky's.

Taki’s Greek Kitchen, one of the few authentic Greek restaurants in Greater Cleveland, will open to the public on Thursday, Sept. 27.

The restaurant, at 377 Lear Road, is in the space previously occupied by Tucky’s Hot Dogs in the front of Learwood Plaza, and has undergone extensive renovations.

“This is progressive Greek,” Peter “Taki” Diamantis said at an open house on Sept. 25. “It’s classic Greek with a twist."

Diamantis is no stranger to Avon Lake. The owner of Athena’s Deli, also in Avon Lake, said he opened the restaurant in Learwood Plaza, in part due to the lack of Greek restaurants in Cleveland.

The changing demographics of the area were also a factor.

“I’ve been (in Avon Lake) for 14 years; with the Interchange opening soon and the younger demographics, this is the right time.”

In addition to extensive lunch and dinner menus, the restaurant has a full bar.

Josh Smith, the Chef de Cuisine, said he would recommend ouzo or wine to complement the meals.

“Everything is made fresh, the flavors are clean and it’s that real healthy Mediterranean food,” Smith said. “The baklava is fantastic, so are the dips and salads. A lot of the food is traditional; some of the recipes are from Peter's mother."”

One of his personal favorites? The braised lamb shank with a tomato cinnamon sauce.

The restaurant is offering a dinner menu that includes small plates (stuffed grape leaves, dips and char grilled octopus, etc.), Greek salads, burgers and sandwiches, appetizers (mussels, Greek meatballs, stuffed peppers and pan fried feta) as well as daily specials, fish and grilled items. Taki’s also offers a selection of vegetarian and vegan items and desserts on it's dinner menu.

The lunch specials include chargrilled salmon, stuffed roasted red pepper and a fish of the day, as well as other items on the lunch menu. (See photos for lunch and dinner menus.)

Diamantis pursued his culinary training at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.  After graduating, he worked at the Maisonette in Cincinnati and then spent 13 years as Executive Chef of Johnny's Bar on Fulton Road. He left that position to open Athena's Restaurant 14 years ago. 

Diamanti previously owned MBISTRO is Westlake, which he eventually sold seven years after its opening, one week after 9-11.

He said bringing authentic Greek cuisine to the market is a dream come true.

The restaurant will be open 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. - 10 p.m on Saturday and closed on Sunday. Their number is 440-930-8888.

Sarah September 26, 2012 at 10:48 AM
I am very excited to try another new restaurant in Avon Lake! It's exciting we will have more options here. With Jenny Juggs already open, Taki's opening, and Cafe Melissa coming soon we need to support our local businesses even more. Let's show them that AL was a good choice!
Johnny V. September 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM
From Tucky's to Taki's....funny!
Lori E. Switaj September 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Nice Johnny. Totally different look inside now, food is definitely a little different than hot dogs ;) It's nice to see a variety of restaurants in Avon Lake and the Greek items being made yesterday looked authentic...and good.
Tracy Bo September 26, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Did they by chance have any paper menus to take with you?
Lori E. Switaj September 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM
They do Tracy. There are two menus: Lunch and dinner. I have one side of both menus in the photos.
Patricia a. vinch September 26, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Yeah I am so happy, love Greek food and a bar is a wonderful addition. Finally a westside Greek Restaurant.!! TEE-CON-US
mangs8 September 26, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Are there gyros sandwiches on the menu?
Anneliese September 26, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Excited for a new type of restaurant in AL!
Cindy Fairchild September 26, 2012 at 05:44 PM
It looks fabulous, cant wait to come in!
Nancy Klingshirn September 26, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Yum! So excited.
Anne M. Virtue September 27, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Taki Diamantis cooked me one of the best meals I have ever had when he was at Johnnys. I was visiting with his lovely wife, they hosted me while I was in Cleveland. I am sure the food at his new place will be nothing short of spectacular, wish I lived closer! Congratulations!
Andrea S September 27, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Why on earth would a new restaurant not be open for lunch on Saturday or all day on Sunday? I would think it would make more sense to be closed on Monday when foot traffic isn't likely to be as high as on a weekend...my husband and I tend to go out for lunch on the weekends (not normally dinner and we don't eat out during the week with our busy schedules) so this won't be an option. We're vegetarian so I'm super excited about the menu but I wish they'd have more extensive weekend hours. Maybe they'll wise up and change the hours after they're open a while...I can hope at least.
Dave D September 27, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I'm glad to see some diversity coming into Avon Lake. I hope everyone appreciates it. I was so disappointed to see Bar Symon leave, this is hope again for something different.
Pete tsirambidis September 27, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Taki good luck wish u all the best buddy see u soon Pete tsirambidis
Pete tsirambidis September 27, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Ps taki is one of the best chefs in town if u didn't know that u should go
jak October 02, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Just ate there this evening and it was wonderful!!! Matt Swingos was hanging at the bar, wonder if he had anything to do with the great wine selection? They have a great patio and I think they will do well here! Great location for the patio and having some wine in the warmer months and small plates! Looking forward to them being around for many years! Tucky's I knew would be a flop, but Taki's Greek Kitchen really put some time and thought into this quaint location/resturauant! Welcome to Avon Lake! I would have to agree being open on Saturday afternoon would be a plus. But there on a Monday evening and there was a good crowd! Plus Jenny Jugs is closed on Mondays, that's how we stumbled on this location, so glad we did!
Avon Laker October 02, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Where can you get a good gyro on this side of town?.....One where they cut it right off the spit.
mangs8 October 08, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Wednesday night Kennilworth II in Drug Mart plaza has gyros, not sure if any good or off of spit? Lenny's Deli also on Walker claims gyros off spit, have not tried yet myself there either (just moved out this way in August). If you dont mind a 20 minute drive, Greek Village Grille has best ones around (lakewood at corner of Bunts/Madison across from south end zone scoreboard of Lakewood Football stadium)....
pjm May 26, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Visited this restaurant with a "supper club" on a Friday evening. The seating was not adequate as we ended up at a separate table than the main group. Although there were only 4 of us at the table, the check was combined and an 18% gratuity was automatically added. (The policy on the menu stated that the tip was automatic for parties of 6 or more.) The check for the main table was also combined on one which led to delays in payment as all meals had to then be divied up for separate payment of each party (14 or so). Although the service was good, the food left much to be desired. I was disappointed in the limited choices on the menu as well as the price. To me, the food was over run with dill and lemon. I paid a hefty price for chicken thigh(s) and a shredded lettuce salad that tasted heavily of dill and lemon. The only positive was a fabulous desert which was large enough for all 4 of us to share. Needless to say, I'm glad to have visited but do not plan to return. By the way, I normally leave a 20% gratuity

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