By Ed Hersh
Many Upper West Siders were heartbroken to learn that Telio, the Greek restaurant that has been a neighborhood fixture for decades at 2481 Broadway (92-93), served its last meal and closed on Sunday night after the popular spot could not come to an agreement with the landlord.
But now, the WSR has learned, Telio is getting a second chance at life through a unique arrangement with another neighborhood staple, popular brunch spot Good Enough to Eat on Columbus at 85th Street.
Owner Jeremy Wladis — who also operates Nina’s Burrito Bar, Harvest Kitchen and more recently, Fred’s and Big Gay Ice Cream– is partnering with owner Yianni Berbeis to bring the Telio dinner menu to Good Enough to Eat.
Here’s how it will work, according to Wladis: it will still be the familiar Good Enough to Eat for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, served every day. But starting at the end of this week, it will close each afternoon at 4pm. And at 5pm each day, it will reopen as Telio’s Taverna, with the same menu, pricing and chefs from the original Telio on Broadway.
Wladis explained that while Good Enough to Eat has been wildly popular for years as a breakfast and brunch mainstay, often with lines to get in on weekends, the crowds thin out at night, and he’s struggled to stay busy. “People haven’t really respected it as a dinner place,” he explained.
He said that Telio had long been one of his favorite neighborhood restaurants on the Upper West Side. “Yianni and I became friends because I used to eat there, and for years we’ve been looking at doing something together,” he said. “When his landlord couldn’t come up with a good deal, he said to me, ‘why don’t we do something in one of your spaces?’”
He says he plans to put up signage soon explaining the new split personality of the restaurant, and he said Good Enough to Eat’s signature cakes and pies will still be available at all times. “My goal is to now put that space on the map as a place for dinner.”
Wladis called the new arrangement a win-win. “Together, we’re saving another neighborhood restaurant.”