Restaurant branching out and staying put as well!
- Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016
A popular Greek and Cypriot restaurant in Great Yarmouth is to cross the bridge to Gorleston in an attempt to boost business.
The Olive Garden, currently on Regent Road, is to open up at Gorleston High Street on April 29.
They will move into an empty building which has remained vacant since the Tides Restaurant and Wine Bar shut down in December.
The current Olive Garden however will not remain empty, as owner Chris Chryssafi is to open up a burger kitchen in its place.
The Olive Garden will shut in Great Yarmouth on April 28, before it will reopen as the Olive Garden Burger Kitchen in the middle of May.
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Mr Chryssafi, who owns the restaurant with his wife Stacey, who together have a four month old baby called Luciano-Ronaldo, said: 'I have had my eye on moving now for two years, and when the Tides restaurant left the building in Gorleston we were very interested.
'The problem we have in Great Yarmouth is that there is no nearby parking. Also, the character of the street has changed a lot over the years and today we are really one of the only restaurants and we don't have much competition which otherwise would bring more people to the road.
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'We did some market research and 80pc of our customers are from Gorleston, with the rest either from Yarmouth town centre or elsewhere.
'We haven't pleased everybody with the decision but I think most are happy and I think the move will give business a boost.'
The Olive Garden will keep the same menu and restaurant styling when it moves to Gorleston. The building they are moving into is two floors, and this will enable them to have more parties and bookings.
Despite his beliefs that Regent Road is not right for his Greek restaurant, he says the burger kitchen will be a better fit on the road down to the seafront.
He said: 'It won't be like an American Diner, it will be fresh food consisting of handmade burgers and we will also be looking to offer drinks such as craft beers.
'I think the demographic of Great Yarmouth will be much more suitable to this kind of restaurant, and something the passing Yarmouth trade will more likely pass and want to stop in there.
'If people in Great Yarmouth are wanting a certain type of food from the Greek menu, if they give us enough time in advance then we will try and see what we can do to offer it to them still.'
Chris opened the Olive Garden on November 29, 2004.
He has always been in the restaurant business after being inspired by his father Mr Loucas, who ran the Savoy restaurants in Great Yarmouth and Norwich between 1948 and 1996 - in the first wave of Greek restaurants into the area.
Recipes at the Olive Garden are true to the cooking methods of Mr Loucas, who left his small village of Eptakomi in Cyprus for England in the 1930s, determined to show what happiness a traditionally cooked meal could bring.
Mr Chryssafi joked: 'My dad had around 17 restaurants in Norfolk, I think I am happy with the two.'