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Kouzina Greek Bistro to Open Thursday

A month ago we jumped some plants to get a better view of the old Tapas & Tintos in midtown. This Thursday, the space will open as the Greek bistro Kouzina.

Guys with strange names moved here from Greece to open the first of what they promise to be many food establishments. Kouzina will be their ode to their homeland and second outpost in Miami. The first is downtown's Freshko Gourmet Espresso Bar, which they hope to turn into a franchise.

Yiannis Sotiropoulos and Efthimios Paliouras moved here 11 months ago and left their families in Greece. They own nightclubs and restaurants in Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini. They chose Miami because of its Mediterranean appeal. "People in Greece are depressed. In Miami there's the beach, the weather, and it's not as competitive as New York," Sotiropoulos says. "Miami is still very underdeveloped, and there's an existing need for places to eat and lounge in downtown and midtown."

See also:

- -Kouzina: Tapas Bar Turned Greek Bistro

- -Greek to Miami

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Carla Torres found her inner gourmand voice while writing for Miami New Times in 2012. She has also worked with Travel & Leisure and Ocean Drive. She balances passions for wine, sweets, yoga, and kayaking.