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Athens Souvlaki Opens in the Penobscot

Photo: Kat Rembacki

Athens Souvlaki quietly opened on Monday in the Penobscot Building downtown. The Greek and Mediterranean restaurant is the second location for the Antonopoulos family, who opened the original Athens Souvlaki in Southfield in 1966, according to their website.

Located next to Drive Table Tennis Club on the main level of the Penobscot, the bright, open dining room has simple decor, and a mix of tables and booths.

The Greek and Mediterranean menu mirrors that of the original location. They're serving the same gyro sandwich made famous at Athens Souvlaki of Southfield. Also on the bill of fare are Greek salads, lemon rice soup, burgers, and sandwiches, as well as dinner entrees like moussaka, lamb shanks, and chicken kabobs. The prices range from about $7 for sandwiches up to $13 for entrees.

They have a full bar and are open until 10 p.m., plenty late to catch the happy hour and dinner crowd.

Triple Properties Inc., which is owned by Andreas Apostolopoulos, purchased the Penobscot building in 2012 for $5 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. They announced in March of this year plans to open a second Athens Souvlaki location in the building. Triple Properties Inc. also purchased the Pontiac Silverdome in 2009.
—Kat Rembacki
· Athens Souvlaki [Official Website]
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