HUNTINGTON, NY – The Mediterranean Snack Bar in Huntington, Long Island, is scheduled to close on December 23 after over four decades of serving classic Greek dishes including souvlaki and spanakopita. Steve Soulellis, the owner and a Greek immigrant from the island of Lesvos, told Newsday that the building has been sold to “an undisclosed party” and that “after four decades of plating gyros, plans to retire.”
Soulellis said, as reported in Newsday, “I am going to fish, garden, and visit with my granddaughters,” adding that, “I have plenty to do.”
He also plans to visit “his native Lesvos, which he has not visited in 10 years,” as reported in Newsday.
Soulellis was born and raised in the small village of Agia Paraskevi, as noted on the restaurant’s website, and the tradition of food and hospitality influenced the restaurant and the food preparation.
When Soullelis first opened the Mediterranean Snack Bar on January 11, 1975, he “cooked all of the food until the operation grew,” as Newsday reported. With Greek and American favorites including gyro, hamburgers, seafood, and saganaki, attracted a dedicated group of customers and made the Mediterranean Snack Bar a favorite in downtown Huntington and among the community.
“Though the deal is still in the works, both Soulellis and broker Eric Kave of KWN Properties think the new property owners will put another restaurant into the space,” Newsday reported.
For those who wish to visit before the final day, the Mediterranean Snack Bar is located at 360 New York Avenue in Huntington. More information is available by phone: 631-423-8982 and online at: www.medsnackbar.com.