New Greek Restaurant Coming To the High Street

Tasty Greek Souvlaki opening in former Chicking premises

Tasty Greek Souvlaki's owner outside the Reading branch
Tasty Greek Souvlaki's owner outside the Reading branch. Picture: Luftar Rusta

A new Greek restaurant is set to open in Acton

Tasty Greek Souvlaki, which opened in Reading town centre shortly after the pandemic hit, plans its second branch on the High Street.

Posts on social media show the new restaurant will be ‘opening soon’ in Acton, with the exterior of it completed in the former premises of Chicking at number 169 which closed in 2020. No date has been set for the opening yet, as work needs to be undertaken on the interior.

Luftar Rusta, the owner of Tasty Greek Souvlaki said, “I’ve got here by doing some very hard work. The one in London is going to be the same mix of food quality and passion as in Reading.

“The restaurant is bigger, so the menu will be bigger. We’ll be able to do nice Greek cocktails and seafood, so there’ll be nice prawns, sea bass in a grill and fried calamari.”

The restaurant in Acton has 63-65 seats for guests.

The new Tasty Greek Souvlaki opening soonThe new Tasty Greek Souvlaki opening soon. Picture: Luftar Rusta

Mr Rusta will be managing the Reading and London sites himself.

The second anniversary of the restaurant in Reading took place recently and a celebratory post on Facebook reads, “May 18th marked two long years of graft, hard work and patience. Our goal from the beginning was always to serve top quality Greek food with a great dining experience, and it has been cornerstone to being able to keep the venture going.

“We really want to reach out to all those who’ve believed in us from the start to our staff and our customers who have made us more than happy to serve and provide that great dining experience we continually strive to deliver, thank you so very much!”

Subject to availability, the restaurant will serve up kokoretsi (roasted lamb intestines) on request.

Tasty Greek Souvlaki added kodosouvli (spit roasted bbq pork), falafel and haloumi pita wraps, and a haloumi club sandwich to the menu since its first anniversary.

Mr Rusta added, “I hope to set up more restaurants and make it into a small chain for myself, starting with two to three restaurants and hopefully there will be more on the way.”

James Aldridge – Local Democracy Reporter

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May 24, 2022