Sunday, July 14, 2024

Eirini Takos loads a wrap with meat on Wednesday at Opa Greek Yeeros in Somerville’s Davis Square. (Photo: Marc Levy)

Opa Greek Yeeros, which closed in Somerville in September after a tax controversy, is open again. The new owners have kept the name, location and menu while putting their own spin on things.

The Takos family immigrated to the United States from Greece in 2014, bringing with them a love for cooking and gaining experience working in yeero restaurants.

“We thought this was a great opportunity to combine those skills and open our first business,” said Marios Takos, whose parents Eirini and Spyros own the restaurant with Spyros’ brother Antonis. (Though in Greece, Eirini Takos is a microbiologist.)

The Takos opened their version of Opa Greek Yeeros, at 378 Highland Ave. in Davis Square, on Feb. 2. The doors had been closed for months. The state seized the store in September, saying the former Opa Greek Yeeros owed $1.6 million in unpaid taxes dating back to 2015.

The loukoumades at Opa come with Nutella and nuts. (Photo: Marc Levy)

The menu has one key difference.

“We use my mom’s recipes, and we make everything fresh every day,” Takos said. (Former Opa Greek Yeeros owner George Georgoulopoulos allegedly bought premade meat, while the Takoses make it in-store and are able to select the cuts of “better yeeros.”)

Offerings include pork and chicken yeero pitas, plus yeero salad and rice bowls, as well as desserts that include loukoumades, the fried dough that Greeks snack on as they walk. 

“I think people still think Opa is closed, so we’re trying to get the word out there that Opa is open again, under new ownership, and we want people to try our new recipes,” Takos said.

Opa Greek Yeeros, 378 Highland Ave., Davis Square, Somerville


This post was updated Feb. 18, 2024, to correct a link.