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Opa! Greek sandwich shop opens on Queen Street

Niagara-on-the-Lake has a new place for a quick Greek meal — Gryos on the Lake.

The new sandwich shop has taken over The Sandwich Shop.

Owner John Paraskevopoulos says the goal was to bring in something quick and tasty, that’s family-owned and has a taste of home.

“We opened up on Friday, actually, a few days ago,” he said Monday.

“We thought there was demand for some fast food, comfort food in Niagara-on-the-Lake.”

He said his family has a lot of experience with Greek food, preparing for and being heavily involved in the St. Catharines Greek Festival.

“So we will learn and we'll take that experience,” he said.

He said a new sign is on the way for the building and it should arrive next week.

He said the previous shop closed due to COVID-19.

“They couldn't do any more business because of the pandemic and they left the building, they left the equipment and everything, so we figured it's easy enough to set up a sandwich shop again.”

So far the opening week has been steady, he said.

“The weekend was overwhelming … even today, I mean, it's going well, we're happy so far,” he said during a Monday interview.

“It's a family oriented business, so we don't have the overhead other people have,” he added.

He said the goal is to bring a little bit of Greece to town.

“It’s just something we have in Greece, street food, street prices,” he said.

“It reminds you of the streets of a little island, and Niagara-on-the-Lake is beautiful just like an island.”