Former owner of Marrakech Cafe and Athens is planning to open a new restuarant

Have you been missing the food from either Marrakech Cafe or Athens Restaurant, both places who have closed within the past year? Rahali Bader, who originally started Marrakech Cafe in 2014, but would later sell the restaurant in 2019, also opened Athens inside Towne East Mall in 2019.

Marrakech Cafe closed in 2022 for unspecified reasons and Athens closed after their lease ended in December 2022. Since then, Bader has been looking for a new space to relocate his business. He’s found it at 2800 E. Central, thanks in part to Nick Flores with Occidental Management, who handled the lease.

Bader will be taking over the space that has been Kiko’s, Mo’s Hut and most recently Smokehouse ICT.

With the new location, will come a rebranding. Gyro’s Express will be the name for the restaurant, tentatively scheduled to open in May.

Gyro’s Express will serve gyros as the name suggests, along with shawarma, falafel, burgers, wings, Philly cheesesteaks and more.

Stay tuned for more.

Happy Dining,
Eddy


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