Gus Georgoulias is a very familiar name in Charlotte's restaurant world: After working for the Open Kitchen in the 1990s, he went on to become part of the resurgence of uptown nightlife with Mythos, Cosmos Cafe, Salamandra, Alley Cat, Phoenix and RePublic.
Now Georgoulias is making a pivot back to family-style Greek food with a new spot in Belmont, Estia's Kouzina, with his wife, Vicki Georgoulias. Named for Estia (aka Hestia), the Greek goddess of the home and hearth, the restaurant will focus on the food of Greece and neighboring Mediterranean countries.
Estia's Kouzina will open May 14 at 609 N. Main St., in the former King Buffet location. After a full remodel, it will have about 240 seats, including a patio and three private dining areas, according to Vicki Georgoulias. The executive chef is Harry Madeckas, who helped to open Kid Cashew in Charlotte.
The restaurant will open for dinner only at first, eventually adding lunch and a Sunday brunch.
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Here's a look at the preliminary menu, with prices that range from $6 to $14 for appetizers, $7 to $10 for soups and salads and $15 to $32 for full plates.