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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.”
“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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