Ammar Mannaa spent more than 20 years steadily building business at Mediterranean Palace, his tiny restaurant stand in Freighthouse Square near the Tacoma Dome.
In less than a year, he’s expanded his business not once, but twice. His latest venture, Gig Harbor’s Ikonos, is an acquisition, rather than a build-from-scratch restaurant like Ammar’s Mediterranean Grill, which he opened in December near the Dome.
Mannaa and his wife, Sorada, converted that restaurant from a former antique shop. The menu at their new restaurant - Ammar's- is more formal and slightly deeper than that offered at Mediterranean Palace, which serves portable Greek eats in a food court setting at Freighthouse.
Like Mannaa’s Freighthouse restaurant, Ikonos already was a Greek sandwich shop. The restaurant most recently was owned and operated by Dan Walker, of nearby Ken Walker Jewelers. Mannaa said Walker recruited him to purchase Ikonos and Mannaa said it seemed a good time to expand once again.
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Mannaa has made few changes to the Ikonos menu, other than adding his own recipe for tzatziki and other house-made dressings and changing the cooking method for the chicken kebab. One of my favorite dishes, lamb gyros, remains on the menu. Expect minor tweaks in the coming months.
Read more about Gig Harbor dining news in this blog post. The Hub at Gig Harbor, an outpost of the Harmon Brewing family, opened Monday. Lunchbox Laboratory, of the Seattle-based restaurant chain, is opening in Gig Harbor in mid-October. Domo Sushi opens in Gig Harbor around November. Know of any other Gig Harbor restaurant news? Let me know.
Ikonos Real Greek SouvlakiOpening: Now open, with new ownershipWhere: 4920 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Gig Harbor; 253-858-7070