Little Greek

Little Greek Takes Home 2013 Restaurant Neighborhood Award

Little Greek Restaurants has been chosen by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association as a state winner to receive the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) Restaurant Neighbor Award.

The NRA and founding partner American Express developed the Restaurant Neighbor Award to recognize restaurants that are outstanding with community service and involvement.

Ninety percent of restaurants are active in their local communities; this award honors those that go beyond.

Little Greek Opens Doors on 11th Location

Little Greek Restaurant’s 11th location has opened in the food court of Tampa, Florida’s WestShore Plaza, with sales exceeding expectations.

In addition, a location in Willow Bend, Texas, opened on November 7, also experiencing record-breaking sales within the first week of opening. Systemwide sales are strong, with comp store sales up 10 percent over the preceding year. 

Little Greek Cruises Down Growth Track with 2nd TX Unit

Little Greek restaurant, a favorite in Richardson, Texas, with Greek dishes created from traditional Greek recipes, will open its second Texas location in Willow Bend. The new unit will open in September 2012.

This opening will bring Little Greek to 10 locations—two in Texas and eight in the Tampa, Florida, area.

Jan and Barry Rosen opened the Richardson location in September 2010 and two years later, they plan to do it again with Willow Bend.

Little Greek Doubles in Size in Tampa Bay Area

With the opening of the newest location on June 5, 2012, at 1052 4th St. North in St. Petersburg, Florida, Little Greek has doubled in size from four to eight locations in the Tampa Bay area since last April, when past Beef ‘O’ Brady's president, Nick Vojnovic, formed a partnership with founder Sigrid Bratic. 

Little Greek recently announced an accelerated growth plan.

Little Greek Announces Accelerated Growth Plan

Little Greek announces an accelerated growth plan. With the opening of its new upscale prototype last week in the high-end South Tampa market in Florida, Little Greek will have doubled in size from four to eight locations since former Beef ‘O’ Brady's president, Nick Vojnovic, formed a partnership with founder Sigrid Bratic last May. 

An additional St. Petersburg location is slotted to open in four weeks, with the 10th location under negotiation in Boca Raton, Florida.

Tampa Bay’s Little Greek Restaurant Plans Expansion

Sigrid Bratic and Nick Vojnovic, co-partners of Tampa Bay’s Little Greek Restaurants, will open two new locations in the area on Jan. 12 and Jan. 20.

The first, a franchised location owned by Fotis Giannoisis, located at 12117 West Linebaugh Ave. in the Westchase area of Tampa, will open for business on Thursday, Jan. 12.

The second, located at 2548 East Fowler Ave. near the University of South Florida in Tampa, will open on Friday, Jan. 20, making it the seventh location for the seven-year-old restaurant chain.

Music to Your Ears

Quick-service restaurants can put way their elevator music and turn off the local rock ’n roll station, now that emerging companies are offering atmosphere-enhancing tunes.

Ambiance Radio and Custom Channels are two companies that provide digital music services that blend the various elements of a quick-serve brand, including its decor, menu, and environment, to create mood-setting playlists. The result is a customized music experience that creates a harmonious mood in the restaurant.

A Lot to a 'Little': Former Casual Exec Buys Fast-Casual Brand

The former president of casual-dining chain Beef O’Brady’s is hoping to replicate his success with that company at an upstart Greek fast-casual chain.

Nick Vojnovic purchased the Tampa, Florida–based Little Greek concept and plans to turn it into a national franchised brand.

“There were some good deals out there, but you’re going to go head to head with some very good competitors,” Vojnovic says, noting that he explored Mexican and burger concepts before purchasing Little Greek.