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Chapel Hill restaurant reopens in new location

After seven years in business, Kipos Greek restaurants in Chapel Hill is relocating.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C.Kipos Greek restaurant in Chapel Hill will reopen on Thursday in its new home at Eastgate Crossing Shopping Center.

Seven years ago, the restaurant opened at 431 W Franklin St. in 2013. Owner Giorgios Bakatsias announced in August that it would be moving to 1800 E. Franklin St., the former home of Babalu restaurant. The space is known for having a large patio and garden area.

“In this beautiful new open-air space, we’re bringing the quintessential Greek experience back to life in Chapel Hill, North Carolina," Bakatsias said.

Kipos has been closed since March due to coronavirus concerns. It did not offer take-out.

Kipos new hours will be Tuesday thru Sunday starting at 5 p.m. Weekend brunch is expected to begin soon.

Bakatsias also announced Monday that Chef George Delidimos will be returning to Kipos where he was part of the original opening team in 2013. Delidimos was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece, near Bakatsias’s hometown of Karitsa.

Delidimos spent the past four years as the executive chef at the new closed Golden Fleece Slow Earth Kitchen in Asheville. The restaurant was also part of the Giorgios Hospitality Group.

Delidimos will be the new co-chef alongside Bakatsias’ sister and chef Olga Bakatsias.

“This is the food in my heart. It’s an honor to be able to share it with my new home, and to be making a home here in Chapel Hill,” Delidimos said.

Giorgios and Olga Bakatsias ​(Photo by Shannon Kelly)
Giorgios Hospitality operates also operates Bin54 in Chapel Hill, Parizade, Vin Rouge, Local 22 and Nasher Museum Cafe in Durham, Rosewater in Raleigh, Farm Table and Gatehouse Tavern in Wake Forest. All restaurants have reopened for in-person dining and curbside take-out.


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