Skopelos closes in Pensacola, former owner opens Agapi Bistro on Scenic

Skopelos closes in Pensacola, former owner opens Agapi Bistro on Scenic

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 Bistro + Garden recently opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner service at 555 Scenic Highway, the former site of Nancy's Catering & Events.

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. 

Expressing goodbye to Skopelos right after 61 a long time in Pensacola

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 has been at the New World Inn hotel since reopening in early 2016, though the restaurant originally opened on Cervantes Street in 1959. The restaurant closed late last year in the wake of Hurricane Sally.

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.” 

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