HUNTINGTON — On the eve of the 35th Greek Competition, Huntington officers introduced Thursday new Greek restaurant is coming to the town’s downtown space.
Navarino Bay, a contemporary Greek restaurant, shall be opening on the mezzanine degree of the newly reworked constructing at 809 Third Ave.
“About 10 years in the past whereas working for one other native restaurant I began constructing this dream,” stated Georgios Alexandropoulos, the proprietor of Navarino Bay. “I made a decision it’s time to start out one thing new, one thing Huntington doesn’t have, so I wished to herald one thing new and recent.”
Alexandropoulos, a 33-year-outdated Huntington native, says the idea is generally Greek meals with lots of affect from different international locations like France, Spain, and Italy.
“We've got had lots of good suggestions from the group and what we're doing,” he stated. “There hasn’t been a Greek restaurant in downtown Huntington because the 1970s.”
Alexandropoulos anticipates opening the brand new restaurant in early December.
“It'll create 20 jobs initially, however as we develop the necessity for extra workers will develop as properly,” he stated.
Alexandropoulos joined Huntington Mayor Steve Williams and the constructing’s builders Phil Nelson and Jim Weiler to make the announcement at a press convention at within the Mayor’s Convention Room at Metropolis Corridor.
“That is simply one other indication that goals do come true in Huntington,” Williams stated. “As soon as once more, anyone from proper right here in Huntington is investing in his personal group.”
“With the Greek Competition this week, the timing of this announcement is ideal,” Nelson stated. “We're so excited to welcome them to this thrilling new growth.”
The constructing is the situation of the previous Tremendous Bee retailer years in the past, Nelson stated.
“It has been totally different companies, however that growth has been taking form prior to now 4 to 5 months,” Nelson defined. “It’s a few 12,000-square-foot constructing with 9,500 sq. ft beneath and about three,000 sq. ft within the mezzanine degree.
“The constructing at 809 Third Avenue goes to be a multi-use, retail, restaurant, meals idea that may embrace roughly eight tenants, that are all numerous in nature. We can even have an expansive out of doors area for consuming, hearth pits, tables, lights, video games and interplay for your complete household.”
After buying 4 buildings within the 800 block of third Avenue in downtown Huntington practically two years in the past, Capital Enterprise Corp. companions Nelson and Weiler have remodeled a as soon as-vacant avenue nook into one of many downtown space's liveliest blocks.
“It started with the renovation of the previous Bazaar constructing and has moved east,” Nelson stated.
Many new companies have already moved into the redeveloped buildings.
"It is thrilling to see extra of those companies coming in," Weiler stated. "I feel what is admittedly attracting them to the realm is the general constructive momentum that is occurring in downtown."
Just a few buildings down, extra drastic measures are being taken to be able to deliver new life again to this historic block.
To be able to make room for pedestrian passageway, the constructing subsequent to Style of Asia, most just lately residence to a bar known as Rum Runners, was dropped at the bottom, Nelson defined.
“The transfer makes a handy passage means from 4th Avenue to third Avenue,” he stated.
The ultimate step in finishing this practically $7 million redevelopment of the block would be the addition of an open area market and upgrades to the car parking zone situated behind the properties.
“We'll in all probability have a grand-opening within the spring, as soon as everybody will get in and open,” Nelson stated.