PITTSBURG — The move by Jo’s Gyros 50 yards closer to Pittsburg State University will be serendipitous for college students who have made the restaurant at a favorite lunch destination.
Jo’s Gyros opened at its new, more spacious location on Broadway Street Monday. The move relocates the Greek-style restaurant from the back of the plaza to the front, into the former Wheat State Pizza building. It also keeps one of Sami Dunlap’s favorite lunch stops close to work.
“I think the atmosphere is really nice, there is a lot more tables,” Dunlap said. “And the view is better, you can see the campus.”
Dunlap, a “regular” at Jo’s, usually makes a weekly or biweekly trip with her coworkers at University Bank. She always orders the gyro basket.
“But, everything is good,” she said.
Owner Daniel Tirawi said they were “fairly busy” on opening day. He expects business to pick up when spring classes begin.
A few months ago, Tirawi began looking for a location before his lease expired. Ultimately, signing a five-year lease in the same complex, with the same landlords was the best fit.
“It’s seems like there are a lot of restaurants on the other sides of town. We are trying to stay down here and cater to people on this side of town,” he said, adding the proximity to campus was good for business.
He said the entire space is about “three times larger.”
“We were getting so busy at lunch and we were running out of space and getting cramped at the other location,” Tirawi said.
With the new location comes some new additions to the menu and atmosphere. In the coming months, Tirawi plans to add items to the menu such as bar and grill-type selections in the evening.
He also plans to allow eligible patrons to bring in their own alcoholic beverages — a state law known as bring your own beverage that took effect on July 1, 2015.
The new location at 1618 South Broadway was the previously leased by Wheat State Pizza, which closed in summer 2014. Since then, The Edge apartments on Rouse Street also used the space for a brief stint.
Cathy and Kevin Lloyd, the owners of Piece of Cake Nutrition, will open their second Pittsburg store at the old Jo’s location, 1614 S. Broadway. They expect to open next month.
“It’s good,” Kevin said. “Our name is nutrition, that’s what our mission is, bringing good nutrition to the entire area. The more places we can operate out of, the better.”
— Michael Stavola is a staff writer at The Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @MichaelStavola1.