Over the past week or so, Kanella Grill has been mobilizing. Its Facebook page, which had lain dormant for over a year, has been getting updated with pictures and logos. It's got a new Instagram account, too, complete with a video of a spinning meat cone. And as of today, it's got an opening date: "August 11, by hook or by crook," according to co-owner Caroline Christian.
Back in June, news broke about the return of Konstantinos Pitsillides, chef-owner of one of the best new restaurants in the entire country, to his old corner spot on 10th and Spruce Street — Kanella when Kanella was still a humble BYOB. It would be called Kanella Grill, a casual "traditional Cypriot street food" restaurant with "a menu focusing on grilled skewers of meat, sausage, poultry, fish and marinated vegetables."
Dominic Santora, Kanella South's sous chef, will make the move to Washington Square West to head the kitchen, grilling up a menu of kebabs, gyros, shawarma, salads, desserts and sides. Pita will come from a new partnership with Walnut Street falafel shop Maoz Vegetarian, plus a separate, gluten-free option is in the works.
Once the staff's found their groove in the "refreshed" BYOB, Christian expressed interest in furthering Kanella's long-established relationship with The Foodery, a fully-loaded bottle shop just down the street. Come September, Caviar will be their delivery provider.
Kanella Grill will open for lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. For Sunday brunch purposes, it'll open two hours earlier with a simple breakfast of sweet and savory Cypriot pastries and coffee.