A fixture on Quinpool for over four decades, the Spartan Restaurant
(6403 Quinpool Road, 429-6858) will close on Monday, April 12. “Right now we’re going to take it easy,” says co-owner Maria Kyreakakos
about her and her husband Nick’s retirement plans. With help from their son Peter, they’ve run the popular eatery on the corner of Oxford and Quinpool for 44 years. “Later we might take a trip to Greece. We haven’t decided yet.” She says she’ll miss her customers, who she calls “the best,” especially the younger folks who kept the place humming. “Lots of university students came through here. I treated them like my own boys.”
The business has been sold to the family of Roqaya Abel Hameid
. Following renovations, Hameid and her parents will open a new casual eatery with an Egyptian theme called Louly’s Restaurant: Authentic Egyptian Cuisine
. “It will have a family environment,” says Hameid, who says to expect traditional Canadian breakfast items along with Egyptian and Mediterranean dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including seafood, meat dishes and plenty of vegetarian selections. “There’ll be everything for everyone on the menu,” she says.