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May 16, 2005 // UPDATED 1:54 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Jeremy Stratton
Jeremy Stratton

Central Business District

Greek food has returned to City Center, 40 S. 7th St. The Greek Grill and Cafe has opened near the skyway that crosses South 6th Street and links the shopping center to the Fifty South Sixth office tower. Owner Ahmed Koubaytari formerly ran the Greek Grill in City Center's food court, which closed in January as part of a $15 million renovation scheduled for completion this fall.

The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Take out and catering are available by calling 305-9163, or diners may eat in at the 2,300-square-foot restaurant's seating area, which has room for about 30 people.

Menu items include traditional Greek fare, similar to that of the original Greek Grill.

The Greek Grill and Cafe is the second of five restaurants planned near the 6th Street skyway, according to Erin Harney, marketing manager for Brookfield Properties, which manages City Center.

Baja Sol opened in January, and a 3,500-square-foot Au Bon Pain is planned for early June. Harney said fresh Asian or sushimight follow.

Central Business District

Baja Sol Fresh Mex is coming to the US Bank Plaza (formerly the Pillsbury Center), 200 S. 6th St.

Bridget Sutton, president of locally based J.C. Food Systems, said her second Downtown location should open June 1. Their first Baja Sol opened in City Center four months ago. Sutton's husband Tony is one of two other partners in the company.

Everything is made in-house and to order, said Sutton; the restaurant's menu features eight "signature" salsas at a free chips and salsa bar.

Sutton said Baja Sol would offer an "upbeat, energetic ambience" in the first-floor space, until recently home to Bixby's Bagels.

Baja Sol will celebrate its grand opening with welcome baskets for its US Bank Plaza neighbors, featuring chips, salsa and menu items, and a Mariachi band. Other promotions will occur through their first month.

Sutton said that Baja Sol would be "a terrific addition to that part of Downtown. There's no fresh-Mex food in that area of the Downtown scene," she said.

Bloomington-based J.C. Food Systems has eight Baja Sol restaurants in the state.