When a single door closed for renowned Pensacola chef Gus Silivos, yet another door — just one that had been right below his nose for a decade — opened up.
Agapi Bistro + Garden opened for breakfast, lunch and supper services past month at 555 Scenic Freeway, the former locale of Nancy’s Catering & Events, which is a further Silivos-owned undertaking.
Agapi’s grand opening highlights a carousel of closures, openings and general shuffling below the Silivos umbrella of organizations. After a 61-yr run for Skopelos — 5 of which arrived in downtown Pensacola — Silivos begrudgingly shut the upscale restaurant at New World Inn late past 12 months, a determination Hurricane Sally all but produced for him.
To make room for Agapi, Silivos and his crew moved Nancy’s operations into a following-doorway warehouse on Scenic Freeway, a constructing Silivos currently owned. Nancy’s will no for a longer period offer connoisseur-to-go complete-time, but will continue to operate as a year-round catering company that brings again its gourmand-to-go solutions all through vacations.
Nothing at all has or will modify at Silivos’ Scenic 90 Cafe.
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In September, Hurricane Sally struck the Skopelos property at 600 S. Palafox St. so difficult that expending out of pocket to repair the serious injury just was not a wise possibility for Silivos, who was the longtime govt chef and director of functions at the iconic cafe.
“The way the enterprise model was, it was centered on banquets as very well as the cafe,” Silivos claimed. “And to shell out the amount of money that was necessary to arrive back versus the lack of ability to keep banquet features of that scale just designed it relatively complicated to determine out.”
Skopelos experienced been a division of the New Earth Inn lodge because the cafe reopened in early 2016 following a 7-year closure that commenced in 2009.
The gourmand cafe experienced been in Silivos’ relatives since 1959. Its primary locale was on Cervantes Road, and its niche again then was that of a modest breakfast restaurant.
“The to start with place on Cervantes was best because there was no interstate at that time,” Skopelos owner and head chef Gus Silivos instructed the Information Journal in 2019. “Across the road was a motel — distinctive from a lodge for the reason that they never have a restaurant — so we grew to become the restaurant for that location. It was the No. 2 motel, there was very little on the seaside. So people today would have breakfast (at Skopelos), go to the beach front, appear back, have evening meal.”
Skopelos and all of its loaded history didn’t get to go out on great phrases, but Silivos wasn’t about to dwell on that. His thought to launch Agapi began forming late past year.
It was a double-faceted notion for the longtime chef, as Silivos wasn’t completely ready to quit sharing his culinary experience in a restaurant placing. He also felt dependable to seem just after his Skopelos personnel, a lot of of whom were being experiencing unemployment.
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“It was tricky to shut, but a lot more so, I was imagining of the personnel,” Silivos stated. “Even however we have been displaced with the hurricane, my hope at initial was to rework and occur back. A lot of employees had been with me because working day a single, when we opened downtown.”
Silivos introduced his government chef, sous chef and head celebration planner from Skopelos more than to Agapi with him. He mentioned he was capable to retain a selection of other employees, whose services were dispersed throughout Silivos’ trio of Scenic Highway organizations.
The house at New Planet Inn that formerly housed Skopelos will be absorbed into a location that will revert back again to its prior title of New Planet Landing. At the time repaired, it will be offered to e-book for non-public occasions, in accordance to Silivos.
“It really is bittersweet. Much more bitter than sweet,” Silivos explained. “At times you just have to search at options, and I imagine in all my decades of organization, I have normally appeared at the vivid facet.”
New Planet Inn element operator Jim Homyak could not be attained for comment Friday by the Information Journal.
Agapi Bistro + Yard: The menu, the ambiance and the inspiration
Some tweaks had been created to both the interior and exterior structure of the unmistakable blue making on Scenic Freeway this winter season to renovate it into Silivos’ new 60-seat, indoor/outside restaurant.
Agapi, the Greek term for “appreciate,” serves Silivos’ trademark Mediterranean-based fare with a gentle, interesting, neighborhood contact to reflect the region and the vibe. You do not have to gown up to dine at Agapi, but every dish on the menu is dress-up top quality.
“What I was hunting at is, ‘What is in this community that is available?’ Silivos mentioned, when conveying Agapi’s backstory and start in East Pensacola Heights. “Scenic 90 (Cafe) is ours as effectively, and does what it does for a house-fashion prepare dinner. But there was very little actually that provided a minor little bit far more of an upscale food that people today occasionally search for, whether it’s in the downtown area or up in the Cordova Mall area, and the largest reaction I have gotten when I inform people what we’re performing listed here is, ‘We need to have a place like that right here.'”
Silivos is aiming for dining flexibility at Agapi. He sees Agapi as the variety of institution wherever good friends can casually catch up around a charcuterie board, a plate of oysters or an octopus agapi appetizer at lunch as nicely as where by you can reserve a table at 7 p.m. on a Friday and buy five-class meals centered about Silivos’ duck trio or herb-crusted lamb rack entrees.
“The menu is not going to be as very long as Skopelos, but there will be things of it at Agapi,” Silivos reported. “We are going to do points here that are a lot more in tune of a leisurely-form surroundings. For instance, just one of the goods we have here is the Skopelitiki Pita.It is really acknowledged in the course of Greece. But it is really essentially a dough that is rolled out that has some olive oil and some feta, and cooked in olive oil. It is pretty much like a strifti, from that standpoint.
“So we go from there to one thing that is a little much more detailed like a lamb rack, that has some polenta in there, that has other components and elements that emphasize that dish. So the delicacies is a broad spectrum. We’re not just tied into a good-dining sort of natural environment. It is acquired far more of a informal, pleasurable bistro experience.”
Another fixture at Agapi will be Saturday brunch. Each individual Saturday, diners can get pleasure from a rangy brunch menu that splices in a lot of vegetarian and vegan options.
Brunch mains involve the breakfast pizza, crêpes of the day, the Bayou crab Benedict and the galette, which is a vegetarian baked puff pastry stuffed with woodland mushrooms, caramelized onions, gruyere cheese, egg yolk and white truffle oil.
Company can either take pleasure in their meals within the 32-seat restaurant or come to feel the breeze in Agapi’s 25-seat out of doors courtyard region.
A 14-person private enclosed seating location is also offered for bookings.
Silivos and his team have carried about some particular concepts from Skopelos, like its common wine club, and will also infuse new function concepts supposed to engage the encompassing neighborhood.
“We are going to do some features, I even will have anything that will be different in the place, which is to have a cooking grill exterior to do some dishes,” Silivos explained. “How lots of occasions in the community do you go, ‘I question what the neighbors are cooking?’ It will be a literal open up kitchen on the outdoors.”
Agapi Bistro + Back garden is open up six days a week with split several hours. It truly is open from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. concerning Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. and 4-9 p.m. on Fridays, and 10 a.m. until finally 2 p.m. and 4-9 p.m. on Saturdays. It is shut Sundays.
Jake Newby can be arrived at at [email protected] or 850-435-8538.