The Owner of Crave Bar and Food will bring Greek cuisine to the Mequon Public Market

When looking for restaurants to fill the Mequon Public Market, developer Cindy Shaffer thought of Crave Bar & Food, one of her favorite Mequon restaurants.

When Shaffer reached out to Crave owner Spiro Asimakopolous about the idea, he saw an opportunity to offer something new: authentic Greek cuisine.

The food hall will feature a variety of cuisine from eight other restaurants, including Mexican food from Cafe Corazon and sushi from Screaming Tuna. To Asimakopolous, it only seemed natural that he, a Greek-American born in Milwaukee, offer a taste from the Mediterranean.

"We grew up with this food," he said. "There really aren't many places in the North Shore area where you can find it."

Whereas Crave offers West Coast-inspired burgers, sandwiches and salads, his new restaurant, called Santorini Grill, will feature gyros, shish kebab, lamb, pastitsio (Greek lasagna), and other Greek favorites.

Similar to Crave, Asimakopolous will run the new restaurant with his fiancée, Angela Pagoulatos, and daughter Vicki Asimakopolous. 

The Mequon Public Market is expected to open in June, part of the Spur 16 development off Mequon Road. The market will feature 10 vendors, including Beans and Barley, Bavette La Boucherie, Bowls, Happy Dough Lucky donuts and Purple Door Ice Cream.

The public market is next to St. Paul Seafood Co., also part of Spur 16, which will feature a fish market, oyster bar and sit-down restaurant.

Spur 16 will also include a wellness center featuring Yama Yoga True North and Yoga Pilates.

Asimakopolous was also one of the first to reserve one of the 146 apartments in the Spur 16 development. The three, three-story apartment buildings will be completed June 1. The 10 townhomes along Buntrock Avenue are ready for occupancy.

Contact Jeff Rumage at (262) 446-6616 or jeff.rumage@jrn.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JeffRumage or Facebook at www.facebook.com/northshorenow.

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