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.

“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.

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