It’s no secret that Cincinnatians love their gyros and Cincinnati-style chili and that both have Greek roots. So rest easy because the owners behind Fillo Bake Shop, a Greek cafe coming soon to Over-the-Rhine, know what they're doing.
Evan Papanikolaou is slated to open his 2,300-square-foot day-to-night bakery concept on the ground floor of the Rennen & Beecher Flats project at 1505 Race St. in Over-the-Rhine.
“We’re bringing a piece of Greece to Over-the-Rhine,” he says in a release. “When you walk into Fillo, you’ll feel like you’re in Greece.”
The name is inspired by phyllo (or filo), a pastry dough used to make everything from sweet baklava to savory spanakopita.
“Fillo will be open seven days a week, transforming from a bakery during the day to a café that sells small plates of Greek dishes, cheese plates, cocktails, wine and beer," Papanikolaou says. "The bake shop will include a full espresso bar, making it easy for customers to dine in or take their drink and pastry to go.”
Fillo is a family business — Papanikolaou’s eldest daughter, Angelina Papanikolaou, is helping with the menu design and perfecting the recipes. Two of his other daughters are working on the advertising process. Angelina is behind the lifestyle and recipe blog Baked Ambrosia.
“This is a place that we feel is really missing in Over-the-Rhine,” Papanikolaou says. “Our family has enjoyed what’s happening in the neighborhood. How great it is to be part of it now.”
Fillo Bake Shop will be located at 1505 Race St. in Over-the-Rhine and is expected to open in mid-November.