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New venture launches at The Courtyard in Stratford

Visitors to Stratford-upon Avon are set for a smashing time, with the opening of a Greek restaurant and café bar in the town.

El Greco in Rother Street is the latest venture of award winning chef Dimitrios Gougoulia, who realised a gap in Stratford's dining offer would create a great opportunity to blend his passion for Greek cuisine with a modern twist, giving customers high quality, affordable food.

Midlands-based commercial surveyors and property consultants Reeves & Partners were able to assist in the search for flexible accommodation in the heart of the town by offering a traditional duel frontage building at The Minories Courtyard.

The Courtyard development is managed by Reeves & Partners and is home to a variety of businesses, including a specialist cookshop and photographic studio, with the building itself having previously housed a Japanese restaurant.

And, following an extensive refurbishment, Gougoulia is looking forward to welcoming locals and tourists alike.

The café bar will offer a combination of traditional mezes, Greek-style tapas, and a selection of cakes and pastries made by a local patisserie chef and baker, while the 100 cover restaurant will offer more substantial, traditional and Greek fusion plates.

The restaurant and café bar will employ around 20 staff and is the only Greek restaurant in the town. It is also already receiving enquiries for larger events, such as weddings, business meetings and from tour groups.

Stuart Gregory, of Reeves & Partners, said that he was pleased to have assisted Dimitrios in bringing some Greek flair to the Stratford restaurant scene,

He said: "I'm really pleased that we were able to provide a suitable site to accommodate Dimitrios' vision for a new style Greek restaurant in Stratford.

"The transformation of the inside of the restaurant is amazing, mixing a modern restaurant environment with the traditional wooden beams found in properties of this era. We wish Dimitrios every success for the future."

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Dimitrios Gougoulia of El Greco with Stuart Gregory of Reeves & Partners

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