The Two River Times

Lyristis Family Brings Greek Fare to Shrewsbury

Tuesday was opening day for Greek Eats, a new eatery on Newman Springs Road. The restaurant was filled with sunlight, the spicy aroma of sizzling gyro and the chatter of customers.

George Lyristis and his two brothers and co-owners, Charlie and Taso, were greeting customers in the family-oriented eatery, furnished in modern fashion, with soft, hanging light bulbs, wooden tables, and metallic accents.

“We’re bringing something very original, and I hope to open at least five of these within the next few years,” Lyristis said.

George Lyristis knows something about the Two River restaurant scene as the owner of The Bistro at Red Bank on Broad Street, and Teak, the Asian restaurant on Monmouth Street. He recently sold Zoe Bistro in Little Silver.

“My other restaurants are sit-down dinner places, this is more of a fast, casual eatery. We wanted to bring a little bit of Greece to Red Bank, but a different version of Greece than what you’re normally used to around here,” said Lyristis.

The owner explained that he wanted to diverge from the stereotypical Greek diner/restaurants that most people associate with Greek fare. “I wanted to do it right,” he said. “I really wanted to showcase my version of an authentic gyro.”

Each gyro is made cooked to order, on an authentic rotisserie that cooks the meat in layers on cone-shaped rods. The beef and lamb meat combination, known as bifteki, contains no preservatives or MSG. Greek Eats also offers three vegetarian options to fill their gyros, including spicy feta cheese, Halloumi cheese, and Santorini hummus.


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