Crazy Greek in Southington mulling second location

Crazy Greek in Southington mulling second location

SOUTHINGTON — Less than a week short of the restaurant’s 2-year anniversary, owners of Crazy Greek on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike are considering another location.

Owners Andreas Sophroniou and Guadalupe Xelhua said they are considering a second eatery in an urban area or near a college.

Crazy Greek, which opened on Feb. 21, 2017, offers gyros, falafel, tzatziki, spanakopita and other Greek favorites for the lunch crowd. Most of the restaurant’s business takes place between noon and 1 p.m., Sophroniou said.

“Most people have a lunch break, 12 to 1, and have to take advantage of that,” he said. “We have to be ready.”

He and Xelhua have streamlined ordering with a focused menu. The longest wait time is 10 minutes, Sophroniou said.

Sophroniou said he’s considering Waterbury, Avon or near the Central Connecticut State University campus in New Britain.

Taylor Crofton, executive director of the Southington Chamber of Commerce, said she expects another location would do well.

“The food speaks for itself, the service is great and it is clear that Andy is passionate about his restaurant,” she said.

The restaurant at 1143 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike used to be Salsa’s Southwest Grill, which moved across the street.

Sophroniou ran Mack’s on West from 2002 to 2010, when he also worked with Xelhua. The two became friends and both are familiar with making Greek food. Sophroniou, who is Greek, studied hotel and restaurant management at the University of New Haven and spent a year in culinary school in Switzerland. Xelhua worked in several New York City Greek establishments. Both are from Southington.

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