At the corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Park Street, Avra is opening its doors to serve fresh, authentic Greek gyro to Montclair. The restaurant, formerly occupied by Paper Moon Pure Food which closed permanently during the pandemic, is set to officially open June 17, 2021, with its soft opening taking place this weekend. Read on to learn more about Avra located at 521 Bloomfield Avenue, new to Montclair’s bustling restaurant scene.
Avra, which means “aura” in Greek, is a fitting name for this casual and cozy restaurant. Its new décor is interesting without being overwhelming or intimidating. Its use of blues in its materials, like the gorgeous terracotta tile around its ordering counter, really reflects the restaurant’s vibe – positive and calming. It feels like you are in a café on Greece’s seaside without having to leave New Jersey.
Patrons can enjoy their meal at one of its café-style tables or countertop window seats, giving you a great view of the hustle and bustle outside on the streets of Montclair.
About the Owner
The restaurant is owned by a long-time Montclair family, the Mihalises, and will be operated as a family business. The Mihalises are tapping into their deep Greek roots and sharing their family recipes with our community through Avra.
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This will be the owners’ first restaurant but they are no stranger to Montclair, having lived and worked in town for many years. Efi Mihalis, one of the family’s daughters, will be front and center in Avra cooking up savory meals to its patrons.
The Mihalises emigrated from Greece and the restaurant is the family’s way to honor their heritage.
The menu packs a heavy punch of flavor. The gyros and bowls are customizable with sauces and toppings to satisfy all palates. Avra will offer multiple meat options, including vegan-friendly “impossible meat” so that everyone can enjoy these Greek specialties together.
The pita and sausage are imported directly from Greece to ensure the most authentic experience possible. The pies, like spanakopita, meat pies, and sweet pies, are all made in-house. In addition, the sauces are all homemade and the tzatziki is not to be missed. It adds a great creaminess to the gyro without making it feel heavy.
In addition to Avra’s food options, the Greek iced coffee is a great way to end your meal. It is strong without being bitter and has a smooth finish—perfect for a hot day.
Avra’s vertical broilers are ready to spin out juicy Greek meats and its ovens are ready to serve up some comforting pies.
The new restaurant doesn’t have a website or social media set up yet, but be sure to stop into the storefront located at 521 Bloomfield Avenue.