Greek Souvlaki

Posted - Sep. 21, 2004 at 4:18 p.m.



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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

More than 30 years ago, the Paulos family arrived in Utah. Originally from Greece, the family immigrated to Salt Lake City in the early 1970s and opened a Greek restaurant. Owning a restaurant was new to the family, but with the support of other family members the restaurant quickly became a success. Greek Souvlaki now has three locations, two in downtown Salt Lake City and the other in West Valley, and the restaurants are still owned, operated and staffed by the Paulos family.

When Greek Souvlaki first opened, it was one of the only Greek restaurants in the state. The food quickly became popular, and soon the restaurant had a regular following. Frank Paulos tells me that more than 90 percent of the restaurant's customers are regulars, and most come to the restaurant more than once a week. For many years, residents and critics of the valley have voted Greek Souvlaki as having the best gyros and the best overall Greek food.

Greek Souvlaki sells all the traditional Greek foods, including gyros, souvlaki and rice pilaf. The restaurant even has the traditional white sauce for dipping, as well as a unique red sauce, which is a recipe that comes from a small town in Greece. The restaurant frequently introduces new menu items depending on the season. Frank tells me the Greek salads and low-carb chicken and pork sticks have been very popular with customers this summer, and the chicken and lemon flavored soup is a favorite in the winter. The restaurant's recipes are authentic Greek recipes, passed down from Frank's mother's kitchen.

Frank loves the restaurant business and says he is proud of what he does; but most of all, he loves hearing people say Greek Souvlaki is the best Greek food they've ever had. The Paulos brothers enjoy working together and plan on expanding the business even further.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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