Chicago’s, Avli Inspired Greek, has opened its doors to its first Avli Inspired Greek location outside of the Chicagoland area at 1818 N. Hubbard St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the Brewer’s Hill neighborhood.
The restaurant, is open for daily dinner service to start, featuring two floors of dining space with 90 indoor seats, 155 seats on the deck and outdoor terrace overlooking the Milwaukee River and downtown skyline, and bar seating on both levels for six to ten guests each.
The newly renovated space, which formerly housed The View MKE, features contemporary decor with whites, wood, and earth tones that evoke the experience of summer in Greece.
“Avli’s decision to come to Milwaukee was easy, as we feel there has never been a better time to eat and drink here,” stated Avli Founder and CEO Louie Alexakis. “We are thrilled to join Milwaukee’s hospitality community, and to bring our contemporary, yet approachable Greek cuisine out-of-state for the first time.”
Everything on the menus, by Executive Chef Babis Tsotras (formerly of Grand Resort Lagonissi in Athens, Greece and Avli on The Park in Chicago, Illinois), is crafted in-house and made-from-scratch including Greek mezes (small plates meant to be shared amongst the table), a selection of spreads, salads, vegetarian-friendly options, authentic Greek entrees, and rotating desserts.
Milwaukee diners can expect Avli Inspired Greek classics including Kataifi Prawns with shredded filo and spicy aioli; Spanakopita with housemade filo, spinach, feta, and onion; Oven-Baked Greek Style Chicken with sauteed spinach; and Grilled Lamb Chops.
The beverage program includes curated Greek wine selections, from crisp whites from Santorini, rosé from ancient Nemea, and reds from north of Mount Olympus. The cocktail menu features takes on the classics including Avli’s signature Teach Me To Dance with Greek wild mountain tea infused vodka, bergamot orange, thyme, honey, and lemon juice.
“Avli Inspired Greek aims to be a fun neighborhood restaurant and dining destination for friends, families, and colleagues to gather for everyday meals, celebrate life moments, or just hang out at the bar and get to know our staff,” said Alexakis. “The community greeted us with such a warm welcome as we approached opening and we can’t wait to offer an environment where even those new to Greek cuisine can have an exceptional introduction to it.”
The lunch menu will feature a selection of lighter and protein-packed options including Gyro Wraps with the choice of pork or chicken; Protein Bowls with various protein and vegetable options; and traditional Greek Souvlakia skewers.
Source: Chicago Food Magazine