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New Greek Restaurant Opens In Philadelphia’s ‘Midtown Village’

(Vasiliki Tsiouris; Gloria Casarez, director of LGBT Affairs for Mayor Nutter's office; and George Tsiouris breaking the first dish.  Photo provided)

(Vasiliki Tsiouris; Gloria Casarez, director of LGBT Affairs for Mayor Nutter’s office; and George Tsiouris breaking the first dish. Photo provided)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The grand opening of a new restaurant in the “Midtown Village” section of center city Philadelphia was celebrated with a bang on Monday night.

Some have ribbon-cuttings for grand openings, but not Opa, the new Greek restaurant.  In true Greek tradition, they had a plate smashing.

(Sound of plates smashing)

“I flip the wrist a little bit, you know, try to get it a little more shattered and have a little more fun,” says Vasiliki Tsioris (at left in photo).  “Bits and pieces are great.”

She and her brother George opened up Opa on Sansom Street, near 13th..

“Our menu is traditional recipes with a fresh take,” says George Tsioris, “and many of the traditional recipes come from our family recipes.  Our executive chef took that and we collaborated together and brought it to the menu, and that’s why we have a modern Greek menu.”

The cocktails have a bit of a twist as well, incorporating fresh herbs into many of the specialty drinks.

City officials say the Midtown Village neighborhood, one of the city’s most heavily LGBT communities, is the fastest growing restaurant district in the city.

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060

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