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Title: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Shelby2 on June 23, 2017, 06:30:43 PM
It looks like the Bagel Cafe on the corner of 86th and 37th is set to undergo a major renovation. At least it looks that way from the outside. It has green plywood barriers all around it. Maybe they will do something nice with the place!
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: francis on June 23, 2017, 08:20:42 PM
The sign said "Jackson Gyros".  It would be great if they did Middle Eastern food.  Knowing the old bagel place it's doubtful it will be great but one can hope.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: dssjh on June 23, 2017, 08:50:41 PM
the gyro king on 37th road was pretty good for that item only. but yeah, definitely worth a look.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: fillmorep on June 24, 2017, 01:00:24 PM
I buy their soup a lot in winter and have heard the owners talk repeatedly about turning the place into a Greek restaurant. They were waiting for permits for a long time. So looks like it's happening now! Their spinach pies are quite decent so here's hoping the new place will be a nice addition to the neighborhood.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Bel84 on June 27, 2017, 09:36:15 PM
I talked to the owners on many occasions. They are planning a Greek restaurant that t somehow keep bagels an breakfast going.
 They did have to wait an awfully long time to get all their permits, but they hung in there. I hope they do well.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Stew on June 27, 2017, 09:46:31 PM
Looking forward to this. At one point they talked about going Italian, but looks now like they will go Greek.

Maybe I'm misremembering this, but if I recall there was also talk about sidewalk tables, which would be great.

As suggested earlier, fundamental to keep up the breakfast bagel tradition :)
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Shelby2 on June 30, 2017, 08:17:02 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/R2XOL9s.jpg)

From instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/BV8TmQzlWKw/?taken-by=jacksongyro
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Liz on June 30, 2017, 12:55:52 PM
Yippee!
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: ljr on June 30, 2017, 03:19:45 PM
Very happy to hear this. I hope it's a real restaurant, not just takeout.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: MrPlaza on June 30, 2017, 04:39:45 PM
Very happy to hear this. I hope it's a real restaurant, not just takeout.
Honestly, I'd be happy with either, though the option to sit down would be great. Nevertheless, my wife and I love Greek food and were saddened by the lack of it in JH (and the lack of Mediterranean in general). But alas! Hahaha.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: francis on October 01, 2017, 07:27:00 PM
I saw the sign went up for the new Greek place on 86 and 37 avenue called Jackson Gyro. It was originally the bagel store.  I wonder if it will be sit down table service or just a take out place. Hoping for the best and glad it will be something else besides chicken.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: dssjh on October 01, 2017, 09:10:39 PM
look forward to checking it out. i miss Gyro King, which held out on 37th road for a while.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Shelby2 on October 01, 2017, 09:12:19 PM
similar topics merged by moderator
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: frances on October 01, 2017, 09:27:03 PM
Very happy to hear this. I hope it's a real restaurant, not just takeout.

I just checked out their Instagram. It looks like it's a real restaurant.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: jackinjh on October 02, 2017, 01:03:03 PM
Very happy to hear this. I hope it's a real restaurant, not just takeout.

I just checked out their Instagram. It looks like it's a real restaurant.

The Facebook page has more pictures, inside looks pretty nice.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Di_11372 on October 03, 2017, 07:31:13 AM
Facebook pics of interior work looks very nice, they are making a real effort.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: petegart on October 03, 2017, 02:06:11 PM
When is this new Greek place going to open? 
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Shelby2 on November 04, 2017, 08:49:28 PM
Status update pic:
(https://i.imgur.com/5zmb3Gf.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Vdame on November 05, 2017, 09:59:10 PM
I think they said November 18th
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: petster on November 06, 2017, 09:45:51 PM
I wonder how they will compare to some of the  Greek  places in Astoria.  Is this just a gyro joint, or sit down for dinner?  Hope they come up with an interesting menu.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: hum@njukebox1 on November 06, 2017, 10:44:54 PM
Are we sure this isn't going to be a small car dealership?  Just look at all the cars they fit into that little store!!!
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: ClydeM on November 07, 2017, 10:45:15 AM
I managed to get a peek inside yesterday. There are a bunch of televisions along one of the walls, which is a bit of a turn off for me in terms of eating there as opposed to ordering take out. I really wish that the restaurants around here wouldn't go so bonkers with the TVs.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: jackinjh on November 07, 2017, 01:33:04 PM
pester, you can checkout their facebook page, the picture seem like a nice sit down:
https://www.facebook.com/jacksongyro.nyc/posts/753356301515232

Yeah, hope they rethink about TV, definitely ruin the looks if interior is what showing on their facebook picture.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: MrPlaza on November 07, 2017, 07:49:10 PM
+1

A tv or two at the bar is acceptable, but I hope we aren’t so far gone as a society that we’re unable to have a meal without another, bigger, screen casting its glow onto our dish. 
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Vdame on November 07, 2017, 10:58:28 PM
I think the TVs are actually going to be their menu displays.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: JHMNY on February 03, 2018, 09:35:15 AM
According to Jackson Gyro’s Instagram account, they had a soft opening last night.  Can’t wait to try it!
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Shelby2 on February 03, 2018, 09:45:16 AM
Looks great! Here are some screenshots:


(https://i.imgur.com/egGodWr.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/pjDAz7u.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Shelby2 on February 03, 2018, 10:27:37 AM
The second photo looks like they will still have a bagel counter for breakfast.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: dssjh on February 03, 2018, 11:43:38 AM
what i can make out of the menu looks promising!
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: hfm on February 04, 2018, 09:57:22 AM
Great news can't wait to try it!
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: ljr on February 04, 2018, 11:17:28 AM
Looks like a cross between a takeout place and a sit-down place--but it does not look exactly like a restaurant comparable to those in Astoria. It looks like the food is made behind the counter on a grill, as it is in some deli's that serve burgers and eggs. I sure hope the food is good and they deliver! Greek and similar cuisines are my #1 favorite and other than Plaka, which is kind of far away and not walkable, there is nothing like that in JH. I'm happy this is here, but I still long for a real, full-service, sit-down Greek restaurant that serves wine and beer, etc. I hope they have fish on the menu, not just gyro/souvlaki.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Shelby2 on February 04, 2018, 03:58:55 PM
Anyone know how to pronounce the Gyro in this restaurant's name? Is it the Greek way (Yee-roh) or some kind of other pronunciation like Jai-roh or Jeer-oh?
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: JHMNY on February 05, 2018, 10:18:50 AM
Jackson Gyro's website is up and running.  The menu looks great!

Jackson Gyro (http://www.jacksongyro.com/)
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: CaptainFlannel on February 05, 2018, 10:40:14 AM
This looks like it's going to (hopefully) be a good lunch option in the 80s. One frustration I've had is the lack of places to get a decent sandwich for lunch in the upper 80s. There are lots of places to get a BIG lunch if that's going to be the main meal of your day, but not that many places to get a smaller lunch (aligned with my particular cultural expectation of a mid-sized meal for the day).
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Shelby2 on February 05, 2018, 11:33:45 AM
Jackson Gyro's website is up and running.  The menu looks great!

Jackson Gyro (http://www.jacksongyro.com/)

Looks great! Maybe I will try it today :)
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: fillmorep on February 05, 2018, 12:10:37 PM
In terms of places for a small lunch in the 80s, I would also recommend the daily lunch special at Sac's. It's about ten bucks, and for that you get a nice salad, bread, and pasta as well as a soda. Admittedly it's not an ideal spot for a sit-down meal but it's really tasty homemade fare for that price.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: ente on February 05, 2018, 01:27:23 PM
Picked up lunch, a gyro, and a falafel sandwich.  The place was chaotic, maybe 20 people waiting for their orders.  Staff seemed inexperienced but the manager was gracious offering coffee to soothe those waiting.  The portions are ample and I enjoyed my lunch.  I am glad to have a new option in my neighborhood. 
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: BennyB on February 05, 2018, 03:27:09 PM
Looks great. Thanks for posting
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: ljr on February 05, 2018, 04:59:58 PM
Great--I like the salad options and they will have some of the traditional dishes I love like lemon potatoes and egg/lemon soup. But zero fish on this menu! Fish is normally, of course, a big part of Greek cuisine, especially shrimp dishes but really all sorts of fish dishes. So--I'm disappointed about that, I'm afraid.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: will4food on February 05, 2018, 05:51:17 PM
Had lunch here today.  A bit disorganized and unfriendly--no greeting from owner or happy first day vibes.  Still the gyro platter was copious (enough for two) and tasty.  The lemon potatoes, however, lacked any lemon flavor and were lukewarm.  Overall, a tremendous addition to the neighborhood. And the breakfast menu looks terrific. I wish them well.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: CaptainFlannel on February 05, 2018, 06:19:25 PM
Great--I like the salad options and they will have some of the traditional dishes I love like lemon potatoes and egg/lemon soup. But zero fish on this menu! Fish is normally, of course, a big part of Greek cuisine, especially shrimp dishes but really all sorts of fish dishes. So--I'm disappointed about that, I'm afraid.

There is grilled octopus as well as calamari as appetizers. And one of the Greek dip with fish roe. I'll have to compare the octopus to the appetizer at Urubamba (sp?) just the next block over (that dish is to die for).
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: wallaby on February 06, 2018, 02:22:07 PM
It would be wonderful to have a Greek restaurant that offers more fish options, but this place markets itself as a gyro restaurant, I don't think that's their aim (gyro/souvlaki places typically specialize in slow roasted style meat and devote their kitchen space to that, not fish). Fish doesn't have a long shelf life so you need robust demand to sustain it, and the meat options are more reliable lunch fare, which seems like what they're going for given the counter setup. That said, hopefully the calamari and octopus will sell enough to justify keeping them on the menu, and I'm still looking forward to trying their other offerings!




Great--I like the salad options and they will have some of the traditional dishes I love like lemon potatoes and egg/lemon soup. But zero fish on this menu! Fish is normally, of course, a big part of Greek cuisine, especially shrimp dishes but really all sorts of fish dishes. So--I'm disappointed about that, I'm afraid.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: dssjh on February 06, 2018, 02:26:12 PM
i definitely want to try the octopus and compare it to Plaka's which is really quite good, very tender and redolent of the grill.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: cultartist on February 07, 2018, 10:09:18 AM
Went last night around 9pm.  It was still pretty bustling.  The staff couldn’t have been more friendly, welcoming and glad to go over the menu and make recommendations.  We ordered grape leaves, a trio of spreads (faba beans, taramasalata and tzatziki) and then a gyro sampler platter for 4 (which could have fed 6 to 8 easily).  Everything was delicious, freshly made and—I’ve spent a lot of time in Greece, I should point out—very true to what you’d get on a dinner table in Athens or Thessaloniki.  The decor is modern, clean and unpretentious and they were playing a mix tape of Depeche Mode (not too loud) which somehow fit really well and was a nice surprise.   I couldn’t recommend this place more—they’re doing what they’re doing from the heart and from their heritage and it shows.  I hope they do well. 
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: dssjh on February 07, 2018, 08:37:45 PM
delivery guinea pigs here. and a definite thumbs up.

order arrived promptly, with the cold elements separated from the hot -- a good sign right off the bat.

our resident octopus fiend was bummed that they were out, but made do with the calamari which was deemed....not bad. agreed here, it was nothing special.

the pikilia, however, was great. we got fava beans, tarama and kopanisti and they were all terrific, especially the fish roe, which was clearly homemade -- just the right blend of sea, salt and tang.

we got the large platter, planning for tomorrow's lunch as a bonus, and the above poster was right about the portion -- great value for the price. chicken doner and gyro (my two go to choices) were tender and spiced well and the sausage was very, very good. would like one more of those and a little less gyro next time, but that's a minor quibble.

side was lemon potatoes, which actually tasted of lemon.

absolutely ordering again.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: FreyaG on February 08, 2018, 07:42:35 PM
I'm Greek (not Greek American) so I feel I should contribute here, although I have only tried two sandwiches so far.

I can highly recommend the pork doner, which is actually what gyro is in Greece, not the lamb/beef minced thing. Very tasty and not greasy as is often the case. Very filling and great value too. The chicken doner is good too, although not at the same level IMHO.

As someone else already mentioned, Greek restaurants typically focus on meat or fish dishes, not both, although obviously they often do here to expand their clientele.

I will definitely be back often.

Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: BennyB on February 12, 2018, 02:41:15 PM
I tried the pork doner sandwich on Saturday and it was very good. Large portion, filled with juicy meat. Will be back for sure.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Jackson Gyro on February 12, 2018, 08:07:28 PM
Hi everyone!

It's nice to read the kind reviews going on in this forum. We will eventually be serving wine and beer, we are just waiting on the community to approve our liquor license.

We see there is a high demand for more fish items, but we want to make sure we serve quality food and it would not be fair to the community to make the commitment to serve more fish items if we cant guarantee the highest quality, which is why our main focus right now is meat.

We are a cross between a take-out and a sit-down restaurant. Casual dining. We are working very hard to provide quality food and quality service for the community.

 8)
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: bellabella on February 12, 2018, 08:18:04 PM
Hi Jackson Gyro. Do you offer any vegan items?? I looked at your menu and noticed the falafel comes with tzatziki do you have hummus as well? We would love to patronize your restaurant!!
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Jackson Gyro on February 12, 2018, 08:22:31 PM
Hi Jackson Gyro. Do you offer any vegan items?? I looked at your menu and noticed the falafel comes with tzatziki do you have hummus as well? We would love to patronize your restaurant!!

Hi bellabella,

We generally serve the falafels with tahini sauce. You can definitely get them without tzatziki sauce. Unfortunately we do not carry hummus right now.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Jackson Gyro on February 12, 2018, 10:53:20 PM
Anyone know how to pronounce the Gyro in this restaurant's name? Is it the Greek way (Yee-roh) or some kind of other pronunciation like Jai-roh or Jeer-oh?

you can pronounce it however you'd like  ;D
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: ABWinery on February 15, 2018, 03:19:22 PM
We are so looking forward to visit this weekend!!

Patrick and Francisco

Anyone know how to pronounce the Gyro in this restaurant's name? Is it the Greek way (Yee-roh) or some kind of other pronunciation like Jai-roh or Jeer-oh?

you can pronounce it however you'd like  ;D
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: wlirfan on February 20, 2018, 04:35:42 PM
Greek guy here.  We tried this place the first week they were open.  There were definitely some glitches (items on the menu weren't available, and it took a long time for our meal to be served - and I do mean a long time), but nothing that can't be ironed out over the next few weeks.  We were told that many of the items would be in stock in the future, and what we did eat (the gyro platter) was really good.  For sure, I'll be back, although more towards the end of February so that the staff and the back office have the chance to get more familiar with the menu, clientele and demand.

And on a side note, really glad to have a new gyro place in the neighborhood.  That will cut down on my trips to Astoria when I get the craving (although nothing can beat mom's food, so for that, I'll gladly go to Astoria).
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: nscroll on March 25, 2018, 03:38:45 PM
Hi Jackson Gyro. Do you offer any vegan items?? I looked at your menu and noticed the falafel comes with tzatziki do you have hummus as well? We would love to patronize your restaurant!!

Hi bellabella,

We generally serve the falafels with tahini sauce. You can definitely get them without tzatziki sauce. Unfortunately we do not carry hummus right now.

Confused by this because when I called I was told they do not offer a non-dairy sauce for their sandwiches.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Jhlobo on August 16, 2018, 06:48:39 PM
I went to eat their today.  I thought their gyros and burgers were pretty good but sad to see they had a sign on the door - closed by the board of health. Lets hope they open again soon
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: dssjh on August 16, 2018, 07:00:05 PM
i'll reserve judgment until seeing what the violations were. not on the DOH site yet
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: jeanette on August 16, 2018, 07:12:04 PM
I went to eat their today.  I thought their gyros and burgers were pretty good but sad to see they had a sign on the door - closed by the board of health. Lets hope they open again soon

That notice was there yesterday too (8/15). I agree it's unfortunate. I believe the owner is a long time pro and will right things soon and keep it that way. This isn't a low grade, it's a shut down.

El Civito and Saw Shack have "A"s posted. The seafood place has nothing posted. Is that how it works, that you don't have to post a grade if an "A" is in place?
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: jeanette on August 17, 2018, 08:29:16 PM
The DOH notice has been removed and a "Grade Pending" is in the window. A handwritten apology is also posted and an announcement that they will reopen on Sunday at 6am.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: dssjh on August 18, 2018, 09:28:43 AM
their inspection results are up, and pretty awful. 53 violation points, including a bunch of "critical" violations. the failing threshold is around 28 points, if i recall correctly.

violations include presence of "filth flies," food stored at improper temperatures, food prep surfaces improperly maintained, plumbing not properly maintained.

pretty much every restaurant has flies/insects, but the rest are a little bit concerning.

http://a816-restaurantinspection.nyc.gov/RestaurantInspection/SearchDetails.do
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: petster on August 18, 2018, 11:48:15 AM
Anything over 13 points causes you to lose your “A”
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: jeanette on August 18, 2018, 12:09:48 PM
Anything over 13 points causes you to lose your “A”

thanks.

The DOH link is hardly opening on my computer, not at all on my phone, but I was able to read this: Which Inspections Are Not Graded? The following are scored but not graded: • Initial inspections that result in a score of 14 points or higher

So, every restaurant can be presumed an "A" unless posted otherwise.

and this:
Food Safety Inspections: What’s Behind the Score? A critical violation, for example, serving raw food such as a salad without properly washing it first, carries a minimum of 5 points.

I have never seen a restaurant employee washing lettuce. In fact, I cannot recall lettuce in salad or on sandwich/burger being even remotely wet.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: dssjh on August 18, 2018, 12:58:22 PM
14-27 is a B.

three inspections of 28 or more get you closed. it's not a one-shot deal.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Jhx on August 18, 2018, 01:56:20 PM
That’s not true. Fake News
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: dssjh on August 18, 2018, 05:10:03 PM
Anything over 13 points causes you to lose your “A”

 
Food Safety Inspections: What’s Behind the Score? A critical violation, for example, serving raw food such as a salad without properly washing it first, carries a minimum of 5 points.

I have never seen a restaurant employee washing lettuce. In fact, I cannot recall lettuce in salad or on sandwich/burger being even remotely wet.

have you ever been served a meal on a wet plate? do you think that restaurants wash their dishes?
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Di_11372 on August 18, 2018, 06:55:56 PM

I've always enjoyed going there, good vibe & food, hope it all works out!
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Jhx on August 18, 2018, 08:23:19 PM
If their is no grade posted, and it isn’t a new restaurant, chances are pretty good the owner is choosing NOT to post it. Or, it is out being professionally framed at this time.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: jeanette on August 18, 2018, 08:49:11 PM
dss, I genuinely would like to know if restaurants typically wash lettuce. Especially now that I know it is required by the DOH! I don't think they generally do, have never seen any evidence of it though some may buy pre-washed greens.

sorry if I hit a nerve. I don't know what you're trying to get at with your clean dish equivalency. Pizza parlors often serve slices straight onto trays that I also question have been properly washed. I've only seen the trays get wiped.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: jeanette on August 18, 2018, 08:49:59 PM
That’s not true. Fake News

what's not true?
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Jhx on August 18, 2018, 09:52:26 PM
That three failing inspections of 28 or more get you closed
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: dssjh on August 18, 2018, 11:04:46 PM
guess the DOH website lies about DOH rules. learn something new everyday. thanks.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Jhx on August 19, 2018, 01:38:04 AM
Sorry, your right. The rules have changed.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Jhx on August 19, 2018, 10:43:18 AM
It’s actually up to the discretion of the inspector to close them or not after 3 failing grades.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: dssjh on August 19, 2018, 11:10:04 AM
It’s actually up to the discretion of the inspector to close them or not after 3 failing grades.

that is true.

and that "discretionary" aspect is one of the problems with the process, i think.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: JHALUM on August 19, 2018, 05:39:53 PM
It’s actually up to the discretion of the inspector to close them or not after 3 failing grades.

If the cash under the table isn't enough I guess they get closed.  That type discretion can lead to corruption
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: CaptainFlannel on August 21, 2018, 07:55:53 AM
Quote
I don't know what you're trying to get at with your clean dish equivalency.

I understood dssh to mean that a dry plate is no more suggestive of the plate not being washed than dry lettuce in a salad is suggestive that the lettuce hasn't been washed because both items are supposed to be dry. A wet salad dilutes the dressing. That's why for the home market, salad spinners are popular.

Yes, restaurants wash lettuce and other fruits and vegetables. If you've ever washed your own lettuce, you know there can be dirt and bugs in a head of lettuce (and lots of sand in spinach and bok choy.). So if restaurants weren't washing lettuce, you'd encounter dirt, sand, and flies with frequency. It wouldn't make sense for most restaurants to use pre-washed salad because there's a premium charged for that convenience, restaurants operate on pretty tight margins, use a lot of lettuce for salads, sandwiches, garnishes, etc., and prep cook is a pretty low paying job.

Prep work is typically not done during service, and is normally done where customers can't see it, even at a restaurant with an open kitchen, so that's why you've never seen a restaurant employee washing lettuce. Neither have I as a customer, but I've seen loads of lettuce be washed or done it myself as a food service worker.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: ClydeM on April 28, 2019, 09:23:52 AM
It looks like Jackson Gyro may have closed. The windows are covered with paper
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Jhx on April 28, 2019, 10:31:36 AM
Sorry to hear that, but not surprised. They never received more than a grade pending since they’ve been open.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: petster on April 28, 2019, 11:58:21 AM
Sorry to hear this.  Must of been bad management.  It was the perfect location with the perfect venue for "Greek" food....although I'm not too sure they were true to their word, which may. be in part, the root of their demise.   
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Nefsikaa on April 29, 2019, 01:59:50 PM
Yesterday, 28 April, was Orthodox Easter...they were probably closed in celebration of Easter.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: dssjh on April 29, 2019, 02:29:04 PM
Yesterday, 28 April, was Orthodox Easter...they were probably closed in celebration of Easter.

i doubt that they paper over the windows when they close for a holiday, and they're still closed now

they never seemed busy late in the day, which is too bad. the gyro was actually pretty good. but i don't think the owners could decide exactly what they wanted to do. it was still a bagel place in the mornings, then morphed into something else later in the day. i know the folks at JuJu's considered a similar concept but abandoned it before a full launch.

obviously, they could be closed temporarily. hope they're still around....
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: JHMNY on April 29, 2019, 02:40:43 PM
A friend of mine heard that Jackson Gyro is officially closed, and that a Portuguese BBQ place will be opening at the location. Of course, this may just be rumor at this point.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: the80s on April 29, 2019, 02:43:11 PM
I am very sad to hear this. It was clean, fast, and friendly, and they had good bagels, delicious iced coffee, reasonably-priced sit-down breakfast, and some tasty Greek meals. It often seemed pretty bustling to me. Wonder what went wrong.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: CaptainFlannel on April 29, 2019, 02:52:59 PM
I thought that the owner of Jackson Gyro owned all the commercial space on that block. If that's the case, making the rent wasn't the issue.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Bel84 on April 29, 2019, 06:56:01 PM
Don't underestimate the power of the restaurant grading system. They were closed by the Dept of Health for a couple of days and never got past a grade pending again.  It seems to me that all their business stopped when that grade pending sign went up. I never understood why they didn't do whatever they needed to to get the A back. It's too bad. There food was good and a well-needed change in the hood.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Di_11372 on April 29, 2019, 07:46:02 PM
I'm sorry to hear that, it was good, and had a friendly, nice, atmosphere. I wish them the best.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: dssjh on April 30, 2019, 10:37:49 AM
the grading system definitely has an impact on the habits of some consumers. but it's interesting, you say "the food was good," and you probably ate there when the violations were in place (after all, the inspection that closed the place came when the "A" rating was in the window). 
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: CaptainFlannel on April 30, 2019, 11:07:10 AM
^I recall when the shut down occurred I looked up what the violations were. Mostly it seemed to be the result of oversights from the renovation that had recently occurred. (There was one about flies, and yeah, sure that's not great, but it was also in the summer when flies are omnipresent.)

Who knows, maybe the whole point of the renovation was to sell the business.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Jhx on April 30, 2019, 11:37:18 AM
They we’re never graded an A. Never made it past the grade pending.  Also, on the last inspection there was no one there with a food handlers license. That’s a big mistake, and it says a lot about  the lack of care.
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Lilybell on April 30, 2019, 04:04:55 PM
I hope the rumor is true about Portuguese BBQ opening up in that spot. Piri Piri chicken!
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: earbears on May 01, 2019, 04:11:23 PM
We have heard about the Portuguese BBQ opening up in that spot also
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: Fedup on May 04, 2019, 02:14:51 PM
Jackson Gyro never served A+ food, IMO. It was always cheap and meh. Breakfasts were awful there. There didn't seem to be much going on everytime I walked past either. People in this neighborhood keep opening up restaurants thinking they're going to succeed but without the business skills to make it happen.

One place that I think is doing well right now is Cafe de Colombia. They have good food (their croissants are ALWAYS fresh, and warm sometimes, too!) AND it's super cute and cozy inside. Can we just have more of these instead of the basic restaurant layouts?
Title: Re: Jackson Gyro
Post by: CaptainFlannel on May 04, 2019, 07:20:04 PM
The greek sausage was good, as was the pork and chicken doner and falafel. It was reliable greek breakfast/lunch, with other nice menu choices (smoked salmon on a bagel). There were one or two misses though on the menu (the gyro hash for example, but I knew that was a flyer when I ordered it). I never monitored the lunch/breakfast crowd too much even though I walk by that corner most days, but I never thought it unusually sparse for the time of day (including when I went in to eat there).

I'm sorry to see it go. I hope the owners just decided they wanted to sell to relax and enjoy the good life. We have a lot of meat heavy restaurants in the upper 80s, so having options where the lunch isn't a big hunk of meat is nice. (Popped in to Papa's Kitchen recently for just this reason.)