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By Max Porter, Contributing News Editor • February 26, 2024

Gyro vendor opens first location in Western Market

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Dimitri Piskapas, one of Alitiko’s co-owners, said he hopes to emulate a standard Greek gyro shop through the restaurant’s menu.

Alitiko, a Greek-inspired restaurant, opened in Western Market Foodhall Monday.

Alitiko serves gyros with salads, fries and rice from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Dimitri Piskapas, one of Alitiko’s co-owners, said he hopes to emulate a standard Greek gyro shop through the restaurant’s menu.

He said the restaurant grills and roasts its meats, instead of using a traditional spit. He said he chose Western Market as the restaurant’s first location because of his background in the District.

“We’re from Maryland originally,” Piskapas said. “I do a lot of work in D.C. myself.”

Piskapas said he hopes to add a vegetable option to the current offerings of chicken, pork, lamb and meatball sometime next week, and he hopes to add dessert and handheld dishes like spanakopita and tiropita in the next few months, depending on the restaurant’s performance.

Western Market spokesperson Ali Gorban said last August the restaurant was set to open by the end of the month. Piskapas said the delays were due to “last-minute touches” and “nothing out of the ordinary.”

Piskapas said he has noticed “lots” of GW students frequenting the restaurant since its opening on Monday.

“I just hope everybody’s enjoying the food and getting it in a timely manner,” Piskapas said.

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Erika Filter, News Editor
Erika Filter is a senior majoring in international affairs from Carson City, Nevada. She leads the Metro beat as one of The Hatchet's 2023-2024 news editors and previously served as the assistant news editor for the Student Government beat.
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