For years, Sandy Siradis helped stock the market at the Buffalo Greek Fest.
The market made Greek oils, spices, candies and other products not usually found at retail available three days a year, at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church's festival of culture, music, dance and food.
Fellow Greeks were used to driving to Toronto to re-stock, Siradis said. "The non-Greeks would ask me, 'Where are we going to buy this stuff after the festival?' And I would say, 'One of these years I'm going to open something.'"
In September, she did. With her husband John, Siradis opened The Village Greek, 5472 Broadway St., Lancaster. It's a Greek market and restaurant that serves a small menu of souvlaki, salads, soup, baked goods and more for lunch and dinner. Prices top out at $8.99.
"We have a very small menu, but all of the Greek specialties everybody always asks for," she said. Gyro sandwiches, spanakopita (spinach pie) and tiropita (cheese pie), plus dips like tzatziki (yogurt-cucumber) and taramasalata (mullet roe) all make regular menu appearances.
There's also baklava and kourabiedes (Greek wedding cookies), rice pudding and other housemade Greek sweets.
Siradis, a hairdresser by trade, decided to make the leap to market owner when she and her husband were talking about "semi-retiring."
"We thought, this is the perfect time for us to do something different," she said.
The Village Greek is open for lunch and dinner, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Phone: 472-3011.
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