The souvlaki-focused restaurant will open on Elizabeth Street, alongside operators including The Thomas Cubitt, Peggy Porschen, Baker & Spice and The Dominique Ansel Bakery.
Founded as a street food stall in 2014 by Efthymios Vasilakis and Neofytos Christodoulou, The Athenian serves a menu that specialises in souvlaki. The famous Greek street food dish consists of grilled meat, salad and dips, usually made with pork or lamb (although The Athenian offers a vegetarian halloumi and a vegan mushroom option) served in a pitta.
Alongside souvlaki, the menu serves chicken and pork gyros (meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie) burgers; gyros fries; and Greek or ‘Dakos’ salads, with barley rusk, tomatoes, feta cheese, olives and oregano.
Sides and mezzes include cheese, courgette or tomato croquettes; olives; tapenades and dips; and oregano and feta fries.
Earlier this year, Grosvenor published its 20 year plan to transform the Belgravia estate. The company is aiming to “tackle the pressures facing the capital” by adapting its fare to appeal to a broader demographic.
“We want our London estate to support thriving, enterprising businesses,” says Joanna Lea, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland's retail director.
“Elizabeth Street is in a prime location to be able to provide an attractive offer for Londoners, and new independent brands like The Athenian will help to drive this vision further.”