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Niko’s Taverna, a new Greek-inspired restaurant, is now open
The restaurant is what the owner describes as a Greek-American, family-friendly, full-service restaurant and sports bar.
“We will offer Greek street food, regional entrees, old classics from my family and an American gastropub as well,” said Nick Gavrilides, operating member of the Gavrilides Management Co., which also runs the Soup Spoon Cafe and Urban Cup in Lansing.
The restaurant is on the site of The Bistro, 151 S. Putnam St., which the company operated before it closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID and the regulations and closures kind of killed The Bistro, and it came to a decision whether to sell our liquor license and sell the property and get out of Williamston or try to get something different going,” Gavrilides said. “We decided to reinvest and go this direction.”
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, but the sports bar could be more flexible.
“If there’s a game on and people are watching it and want to stick around until it’s over, we will probably keep the bar open until it ends,” he said.
There is an arcade with pinball, a crane machine and more for the kids. And children don’t have to be in their Sunday best to dine at Niko’s.
“If your kids are dirty from soccer practice, bring them over,” Gavrilides said. “It’s not a problem.”