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El Greco storefront

El Greco, the Greek and Mediterranean restaurant on The Strip, is set to reopen at the end of March, this time with a liquor license. 

CARBONDALE — A Greek and Mediterranean restaurant closed its doors this week after more than 40 years of operation on The Strip.

El Greco, known for its gyros and fried mushrooms, closed permanently Sunday, according to posts on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

“Hey you Guys!!!! Looks like this is the end. The last batch of mushrooms has been made. The last of the gyro cones are going up. When we're out we are closing the doors for good. We've truly loved having all of you, our friends and family, be a part of our lives. We wish that circumstances over this last year had not led to this, but it is what it is,” a Dec. 17 post reads.

Owners of the establishment did not return multiple requests for comment.

According to the restaurant’s website, El Greco was first established by Anastasios Karayiannis in 1973. In 2013, Carbondale natives Winslow Chou and Ethen Jefferson took over management.

A commenter on one of the Facebook posts asked about the reasons for the restaurant’s closure. Someone using El Greco’s account responded: “Reduced population and unfriendly business practices of the city.”

In a text message, Amy Fox, public relations officer with the city of Carbondale, said the city is not currently aware of any other business moving into the space at 516 S. Illinois Ave.


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Janis Esch is a reporter covering higher education.

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