Openings: Fast Casual Goes Greek

You won't have to wait an eon to build your own Greek meal at Eons, coming next month to Paramus.

Chef George Georgiades, late of Varka in Ramsey, is bringing his fast-casual Greek concept, honed in Manhattan, to Paramus.

Eons, which the chef says means “forever” in Greek, has been well received at Second Avenue just north of 34th Street in the city. Georgiades says that the moment he heard that a property was available at 501 Route 17 in Paramus, he jumped at it.

“I got the idea for Eons when I was eating swordfish kebabs,” says the chef. “It was too big! Too much. I wanted diners to have more options, to be able to pick a protein and build [a meal] from there, making their own choices.”

At Eons, as at other concepts in the rapidly expanding fast-casual category, you order at a counter–choosing a protein and accompaniments–and take the meal to a table.

At Eons you start by choosing a “base,” (warm pita; brown or white rice; or organic greens), then one of seven meat or seafood proteins, or veggies; then vegetable sides; then toppings such as hummus, eggplant spread or the classic Greek cucumber-dill-yogurt sauce, tzatziki.

On the menu, chicken, steak, pork and grass-fed lamb are labeled hormone- and antibiotic-free. Salmon, presumably farmed, is labeled organic. Shrimp is listed as wild and octopus as sushi-grade.

Georgiades says he is adament about delivering “good quality to the masses. We’ll be using the same good ingredients I did at Varka.”

Eons, to be located “near Shake Shack,” is slated to open in mid-March, the chef says. There’s no phone number yet, but updates will be posted here and at eonsgreek.com.

Also opening soon:

Stage House Tavern, 1099 Route 22 in Mountainside. A sibling to the popular spots in Scotch Plains and Somerset, the latest Stage House serves the same rustic American fare. It is scheduled to open late February/early March. stagehousetavern.com.

Recently opened:

Angelo’s Greek Taverna, 350 Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell. This classic Greek has opened at the site of what was Skara. BYO, open daily for lunch and dinner, it’s an offshoot of the restaurant of the same name in Maywood. 973-228-0628. angelostaverna

Reilly’s Rib Cage, 49 West Church Street in Bergenfield. Located in the former home of Kimchi Smoke, this Southern-style BBQ is owned and operated by father-son team James and Daniel Reilly. 201-771-7200.

Closed:

Fricassee, a French bistro in Montclair.

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