After 13 years, owner Romeo Taus said he decided to move his Euro Cafe from Mesa’s Fiesta Mall area to downtown Gilbert as part of a needed downsizing and a desire to reach out to more customers.
The restaurant occupies the site of the former Cafe ah Pwah, which closed earlier this year, and gives downtown Gilbert a needed boost.
While detailed plans for construction of an Oregano’s Pizza Bistro are still being worked out for the southwest corner of Gilbert Road and Vaughn Avenue, the building that once housed Gonzo’s All American Grill remains empty after the eatery closed in April.
Greg Tilque, Gilbert’s economic development director, said the Euro Cafe is boosting the town’s exposure by "bringing in a new crowd. There’s a very dedicated following from their Mesa location, so we are getting people who might not have come into downtown before."
While remaining true to its Mediterranean menu, the new location has just 50 seats, making it more manageable and better situated for a growing East Valley marketplace, Taus said.
"We had 125 seats at the old restaurant, and the business owned us. Now, we have a little different priorities. We want to live while we’re alive," Taus said.
Taus said that after experiencing the closure of Motorola and weathering the opening of other shopping venues such as Chandler Fashion Center and Arizona Mills mall in his former Fiesta Mall location, he was ready for a new venture.
"I knew I had one more restaurant in me. I feel comfortable that better things will happen in this area," Taus said.