New Greek restaurant opens today

Wichitans often ask me why our town doesn’t have a Greek restaurant. But they won’t be asking me any more.

Kosta The Greek is a new Greek restaurant opening today in the spot at 2308 S. Meridian formerly occupied by Habanero. It’s owned by Kosta Kiosses, a transplant from Greece. Kiosses and his wife, Maria, have been selling spinach pies and other Greek treats at the Old Town Farmer’s Market for the past couple of summers, and they’ve earned quite a following.

“People kept telling him, ‘If you’d open a brick and mortar place, we’d visit you,’” said his friend Eva Kardaras, who is in town from Chicago for three weeks helping her friends open the restaurant.

Kosta Kiosses

The menu features fast Greek food made with fresh ingredients. It includes dishes such as gyro sandwiches, Greek salad, souvlaki with homemade tzatziki sauce, spanakopita (spinach and feta wrapped in fillo), baklava and more. There are also several burgers on the menu, including a feta burger topped with tzatziki sauce and feta cheese on a pretzel bun. The restaurant also will offer daily specials such as Greek lasagna.

Greek food is similar to Lebanese food that is served all around Wichita, Kardaras said, but the recipes and flavors are different.

The dining room is warm and inviting with lots of booths and little chalkboards on the walls that translate English words into Greek.

Wichita hasn’t had a Greek place in years. The last one I recall was Lakis Restaurant at 3219 S. Oliver. It closed in the late 1990s.

The hours for Kosta the Greek will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information, call 316-260-3230.