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Chef Johnny Monis is taking a one-month hiatus from serving his Greek-inspired fine dining tasting menu at Komi. From June 4 to July 6, he’ll serve a “seven-ish” course vegetarian dinner that even includes a vegetarian version of a gyro Tuesday through Saturday nights.
The restaurant is calling the pop-up Happy Gyro and wants diners to know there will be “no meat” and “nothing fancy.”
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“Johnny might even be making some pizzas,” says Anne Marler, Monis’ wife and business partner. “The whole thing is essentially a vegetarian take on the original Greek-American take-out joint that Johnny’s parents opened in 1978, where he pretty much grew up. We did it as a one-off for our 15th birthday earlier this year, and we had so much fun that we thought we’d bring it back for a whole month.” Spring, she says, is the perfect opportunity.
The meal costs $60 per person with an option to add a $50 beverage pairing. This price point is closer to Monis’ second restaurant on the same block, Little Serow. The Thai restaurant serves a fiery, funky seven-course tasting menu for $54; dinner at Komi usually costs $165 per person.
Unlike Little Serow, Happy Gyro will take reservations. They’ll be released at 2 p.m. every Tuesday for the duration of the pop-up. For example, tickets for June 4 through 8 will be released at 2 p.m. on June 4.
Komi will reopen in its typical form on July 9.
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