FRANKFORT, IL – There is no literal translation for the Greek term “grandpa,” but it is often used in connection with something that is being celebrated. And the people of Frankfurt are becoming much more familiar with the term.
GRANDPA! Modern Greek cuisine opened its doors on December 13th at
As the name of the restaurant suggests, it is OPA! specializes in fine Greek cuisine. This is not the place to get a gyro and hot dog and fries – there are plenty of other places for that. What guests get in the OPA! is authentic Greek food, the menu of which comes from recipes straight from the Mediterranean.
The restaurant is the passion project of the Chicago-born Karuntzos family. George, his wife Maureen and their daughter Alesia Karuntzos worked on the concept for OPA!
From the moment the guests enter the OPA! Enter, you will be carried away by a Santorini-like atmosphere with Greek music and the unique decor of the Mediterranean island. Guests can dine at one of the tables or dine up to the full-service bar, complete with Greek wines and beers and all the other liquors that a warm “Grandpa!” And soon, as the weather warms up, diners will have the option to dine al fresco on the restaurant’s terrace, where the Karuntzos will be planning live music and entertainment while customers party the night away.
“Before the opening, there was a lot of excitement and we were definitely pleasantly surprised with the result of our first week,” said Alesia Karuntzos. “And every day we rely on feedback to do things better. But so far, so good. “
Some upscale restaurants can lure people in with the glitz and glamor of the ambience but lag behind with the cuisine. Not so at OPA !, where chef Stavros carefully tends the menu with the delicacies for which the Greeks are known worldwide.
The menu features classic Greek dishes such as: shish kabobs; a wide range of lamb dishes; Greek-style salmon, European sea bass (Lavraki), and salted cod (Bakalao), for those whose palette prefers seafood; Dolmades; spanakopita; Moussaka; pastichio; Saganaki; and of course, among other things, Greek dessert staples baklava and rice pudding.
“All the recipes come directly from Greece, our cook is from Greece,” says Alesia. “We have a few products with a bit of a modern twist, but a lot of them are a mix of modern and traditional Greek cuisine.”
At the bar, guests can order a round of ouzo or enjoy a Mykonos Mule – made from ouzo, ginger beer, lemon juice and lime – or a Greek mojito – mixed with mastiha, club soda, fresh mint and simple syrup. Or try a baklava martini – mixed with gin, amaretto liqueur, crème de cacao and cinnamon-honey syrup – or try Papou’s Old Fashioned – made with maker’s mark, cinnamon syrup and bitters. GRANDPA! also offers several Greek beers and wines to try for the discerning connoisseur.
GRANDPA! is still hiring for all positions and those interested in applying can do so by emailing [email protected]
GRANDPA! is open Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Monday) from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant is not currently accepting reservations. Further information and current information on daily and weekly offers can be found at the OPA! Facebook page, Instagram account or website.