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Opa! Greek restaurant to take over 140 University

Uploaded: Feb 12, 2015
Greek restaurant chain Opa! has laid claim to a major downtown Palo Alto corner space: 140 University Ave., most recently the short-lived home of alkymists.

Opa! founder Angelo Shelby Heropoulos did not return requests for comment, but his company's name is listed on a Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control application posted in the University Avenue window. The space has been vacant since alkymists suddenly closed in November after less than two months of business.

Before that, the space housed Palo Alto Grill, which closed after just more than a year. alkymists and Palo Alto Grill were both run under the ownership of Luka Dvornik, a Croatian transplant who also owned now-shuttered Lavanda down the street. Before Palo Alto Grill, Japanese restaurant Miyake occupied the 140 University space.

Opa! currently operates five restaurants in the Bay Area ? Los Altos, Los Gatos, Willow Glen, Walnut Creek and Campbell ? where they serve "authentic" Greek cuisine. The menu is vast, with numerous Greek-style appetizers, spreads, salads, flatbreads, gyros, pita sandwiches, souvlaki, grilled meats and fish and plenty of less traditional items like sliders and a cheesesteak pita sandwich.

Opa! also does brunch, happy hour and cocktails; luckily the Palo Alto spot came with a full liquor license.

After alkymists closed, the 3,926-square-foot space was put on the market, listed for $14,000 Triple Net plus $6,000 Triple Nets or for sale for a cool $300,000. (In the comments section on the listing was this statement: "Seller invested over $1.0 million in the past two years. Please do not talk to employees.")
What is it worth to you?


Posted by come on., a resident of Downtown North,
on Feb 12, 2015 at 2:03 pm

Awesome, a chain Greek restaurant like a block from Evvia and two blocks from Cafe 220. Really filling a niche there.

Posted by Jay Park, a resident of Jackson Park,
on Feb 12, 2015 at 2:27 pm

I don't believe there are any shuttered restaurants across the street from 140 University. Amber Dhara (150 University) is still open. Rudy's is now office space. Lavender was a block away at 185 University, now occupied by Sam's Chowder House.

Best of luck to the new owners.

Posted by Jay Park, a resident of Jackson Park,
on Feb 12, 2015 at 2:28 pm

Oops, I meant Lavanda. Silly spell-checking!

I think the New York sandwich place is still open too.

Posted by Elena Kadvany, a resident of another community,
on Feb 12, 2015 at 2:29 pm

Jay Park -- You're totally right, my mistake!

Posted by Mike Keenly, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park,
on Feb 12, 2015 at 11:24 pm

Sam's Chowder House is a gem. Great food and healthy portions at very reasonable prices.

140 University is a tricky location based on how it's situated with respect to the street. Nothing since Miyake has been able to survive there. Good luck to the new place.

Posted by Roy Thiele-Sardiña, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park,
on Feb 13, 2015 at 11:14 am

Roy Thiele-Sardiña is a registered user.

Opa in Los Altos is one of our favorite Casual Greek Restaurants.

I do NOT think of them in the same way as Evvia....and I think they will be a great addition to Palo Alto's multi-cultural dining.

Roy Thiele-Sardina

Posted by MEMBERONE, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood,
on Feb 13, 2015 at 2:58 pm

I agree with come on.

For a couple bucks more per entre, you get great food at Evvia.

Opa! should have moved to Menlo Park. The old Oak City location has been vacant for quite a while.

Please give me a reason to dine there.

Posted by Bob, a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows,
on Feb 15, 2015 at 9:46 pm

When you see Evvia's reservations taken at peak times for two weeks out, it's easy to see why another Greek restaurant could be a good addition. There's lots of good choices for Mediterranean food in Palo Alto, but that's probably because it's healthy, delicious, and works well at a variety of price points. Cafe Taxim is a favorite of mine for casual dining.

I'm excited to give them a try!

Posted by Menlo Resident, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown,
on Feb 21, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Palo Alto gets all the new food choices. If you want to find an empty restaurant space, look at downtown Menlo Park where there are currently several just sitting open -- the former BBC, Su Hong, Oak City Grill, and Tokyo Subway. Most of the places open now in MP do a good business and the locals would welcome more options.

Posted by Chazy, a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks,
on Feb 24, 2015 at 11:36 am

@Menlo Resident- I heard the landlord o Su Hong/Oak city isn't really looking all that hard to fill the space (but take it with a grain of salt).

Posted by BrideOfChuckie, a resident of Old Palo Alto,
on Mar 19, 2015 at 4:39 pm

Bad location. Another chain restaurant? Not a good formula.

Posted by Karl Blagerfeld, a resident of Downtown North,
on Feb 19, 2016 at 1:24 pm


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