RACINE — Downtown has not had a Greek-Mediterranean restaurant since the former Acropolis closed nearly a decade ago. But within a few months, Downtown should get another one when the former Acropolis is reopened in new form.
The corner restaurant at 220 Sixth St. opened as the Acropolis in 1985 and for decades was a popular establishment and meeting place for people who worked Downtown. It closed in about 2009, but Paul Maheras has kept the building ever since he helped to run and cook at the Acropolis.
Now he and his first cousin, Demetrios Maheras of Kenosha, are beginning to get the building back into form for operation as a restaurant.
The name will change from the Acropolis, Paul Maheras said Thursday; they have two possible new names they are considering.
Taking advantage of the city’s façade grant program, the pair is about to have the exterior upgraded. The interior has been a slow, steady demolition process of peeling off old layers from the floors down to the hardwood, the walls back to the brick on one side and plaster on the other and ceiling which now is exposed to its original tin. The Maherases are also investing in new kitchen equipment.
The restaurant will serve lunches and dinners, starting Tuesday-Saturday, and possibly Mondays for lunch, Maheras said.
Some of the dishes will include gyros, several kinds of souvlakia, or shish kebab; lamb chops; grape leaves stuffed with either meat or rice; loukoumades, or honey puffs; cheese pies; spinach pies; and other Mediterranean dishes — as well as sandwiches, salads and soups.
Maheras said he hopes to find and incorporate as many ingredients produced in the area as possible.
The restaurant will have a liquor license, he said.
Maheras said the partners hope to reopen their restaurant in May or June.