After selling its Mediterranean restaurant in Fogelsville in 2016, the owners knew there was a void of healthy, Middle Eastern food in the valley they wanted to fill.
So now, two years later, they are preparing to bring it back with Steel City Gyro.
Steve Hadid, the owner, said he recently signed a lease for 2,400 square feet at Trexler Mall on Hamilton Boulevard in Trexlertown and is looking to open this month.
Hadid and his parents previously owned the Mediterranean Café and Grill off Route 100 and Tilghman Street in Fogelsville but Hadid said they had to sell the business to care for his mother.
“When we sold the old restaurant, I never realized what our restaurant meant to a lot of people,” Hadid said. “We sold it quickly just to take care of my mom. Our old restaurant was an outlet for people and that’s something I want to continue.”
He’s looking to recreate that family atmosphere at Steel City Gyro, which will be open seven days a week. Both his mother and father, along with a cousin, will be working in the kitchen and helping prepare the food. He plans to hire some additional staff as well.
With the opening of a Maxx Fitness gym nearby, Hadid said the location is a good fit for his restaurant, which he said offers more healthy food.
The Trexler Mall location is also off one of the busiest highways in the valley.
The mall, owned by Cedar Realty Trust, includes tenants such as HomeGoods, Kohl’s and Marshalls, with Air Products & Chemicals, a major employer, also nearby.
While the restaurant will host a grand opening in March, Hadid plans to open for business within a few weeks.
He has completed renovations, including painting, adding new furniture and cleaning the space, which was previously occupied by Poblano’s Mexican Grill. The space has enough seating for 56 people, he added.
Steel City Gyro will offer full service dining, takeout, corporate delivery and catering services. It menu includes a variety of foods, such as kebobs, falafel, grape leaves, gyros, sandwiches and salads.
Seth Lacey, an associate at Colliers International in Upper Macungie Township, said he represented the tenant in the transaction. Valerie Pettine, vice president of Metro Commercial in Plymouth Meeting, represented the owner.