Update: Meridian's 1st Gyro Shack set to open in the spring By Holly Beech firstname.lastname@example.org HollyBeechMP Mar 7, 2017 (…) Courtesy of The Gyro Shack The Gyro Shack, known for its authentic Greek cuisine, was founded in Boise and opened its first Meridian location, similar to this photo, on April 11 at 1050 E. Fairview Ave. Courtesy of The Gyro Shack The Gyro Shack is known for its authentic Greek cuisine with unique twists. The Gyro Shack, a Greek cuisine restaurant that typically operates in drive-thru kiosks, is set to open its first Meridian restaurant this spring.The open date was originally slated for November of last year. But with an explosion of growth in the Treasure Valley and a record-breaking winter, construction and the permitting process took longer than expected, co-owner Doug Miller said. When the economy tanked in 2008, some subcontractors left the Treasure Valley to find construction jobs elsewhere. With the growth in construction over the past few years, there's a shortage of workers, Miller said. Additionally, the city has more permits to process, which can push back the timeline. Story continues below video × Advertisement “That's just normal," he said. "The other thing is, you know, welcome to the worst winter in 50-plus years, right?”The harsh winter was the biggest reason for the delayed opening, Miller said.“We couldn't put stucco on there for two-and-a-half months," he said.Miller said Gyro Shack fans have been emailing and texting him questions about the open date.“We are more excited than we were back in November about bringing this brand," he said. "The consumer base has let us know how excited they are. So when we open, we're going to open with a bang.”The new Meridian drive-thru will be 468 square feet with outdoor patio seating at 1050 E. Fairview Ave., just west of Locust Grove Road.The company has also purchased land for a second Meridian location on North Linder Road, near Rocky Mountain High School and Dutch Bros. Coffee. The groundbreaking is tentatively set for this spring, Miller said. Another Gyro Shack is slated to open in Boise later this year, he said, and franchisees are working to open three locations in Washington and one in North Idaho.The founder of The Gyro Shack is Gus Zaharioudakis, whose family is from Greece. Several years ago, he opened a food truck and two restaurants in former coffee drive-thru kiosks in Boise, Miller said.Roughly two years ago, Zaharioudakis sold the restaurant to Miller and Seth Brink, Boise-based businessmen who each have almost 18 years of experience with the Papa Murphy's franchise.The Gyro Shack has three Boise locations, including a new one in the Clearwater Building downtown. The owners' goal is to have 10 Gyro Shacks in the Treasure Valley in the next three years, Miller said, and continue to grow the franchise in the Northwest. More from this section Touchmark recruiting classic cars, motorcycles for Father's Day weekend car show Posted: May 24, 2017 If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to mourn one Posted: May 24, 2017 Idaho part of $33M consumer settlement with Johnson & Johnson Posted: May 24, 2017 Rocky Mountain community honors Kate Marshall with vigil on softball field Posted: May 24, 2017 Peace Valley founders propose to open Treasure Valley's first Waldorf school Posted: May 23, 2017 HollyBeechMP Follow HollyBeechMP Close Get email notifications on HollyBeechMP daily! Your notification has been saved. There was a problem saving your notification. Whenever HollyBeechMP posts new content, you'll get an email delivered to your inbox with a link. 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