What once was a yoga studio is now a new Capitol Hill restaurant. Gyro Cafe opens this Tuesday for its first lunch serving 15th Ave E. Hours in the beginning will be limited — for now the cafe is keeping things to a 11 to 5 schedule, Monday through Saturday. We’re told they plan to eventually be open later in the evening once the new staff – and new restaurant owner Hassan Izem – get into the swing of things. For anybody objecting to the recent string of more high-end eateries and bars coming onto the Hill, Gyro Cafe’s menu is a pleasant antidote. You’ll pay $6.99 for a felafel plate, for example. It’s no BKDQ McMeal Deal. But it’s a local business and relatively affordable. Along with neighbors Teriyaki Madness, 15th Ave Group Health and Salal Credit Union employees are now doubly blessed when it comes to lunch time.
The cafe, by the way, only inhabits a portion of the former yoga studio at 109 15th Ave E but the rest of the space is also being put to good use.