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Nick's Place owner's son reopens Kenmore Greek restaurant

A Greek breakfast-lunch restaurant with specialties like spinach pie in handmade phyllo dough has reopened in Kenmore.

Nick's Place Express turned on the lights at 2466 Elmwood Ave. last month, for the second time.

"I've tried other things, and the restaurant keeps pulling me back," said owner Nick Ananiadis, who operated a restaurant in the building before closing it in February 2015. "The opportunity came up for me to go back to my old restaurant, and my wife and I decided that if we're going to do this, we're going to do it the right way."

That included sweeping renovations, including new floors, countertops, cabinets, tables and chairs, he said. The room seats 20 people.

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Its menu may seem familiar to fans of Nick's Place or Sophia's, which is not a coincidence.

This branch of the Buffalo Greek restaurant family tree goes like this, Ananiadis said: he is the son of Peter Ananiadis (Nick's Place, 504 Amherst St.), and nephew of Sophia Ananiadis (Sophia's, 749 Military Road), whose son Sam Doherty runs the place now.

There's housemade bread, open-faced chicken souvlaki, Texas hots, and breakfast skillets, but he has a few new offerings. His wife Anna, who came from Thessaloniki, Greece two years ago, makes her own phyllo dough, Ananiadis said. Spanakopita, spinach pie, is the standard, but she makes other kinds as well.

"We're trying to build on the great things my father has done, and add our own touches," he said. That include a free slice of his wife's milopita, apple cake, to all customers.

Nick's Place Express is open for breakfast and lunch, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Sundays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Mondays.

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