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Kanella Grill Will Bring Cypriot-Style Kebabs, Gyros and Shawarma to Washington Square West

It opens this week

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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."

Kanella Grill's "refreshed" interior

Kanella Grill/Facebook

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.


757 S Front St., Philadelphia, PA 19147 (215) 644-8949

Kanella Grill

1001 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA