This summer, the former home of Kanella will reopen as Kanella Grill

On May 31, 2015, Konstantinos Pitsillides closed the doors of ultra-popular BYOB Kanella in advance of moving his Cypriot restaurant to the larger, liquor-licensed location that now buzzes and rocks overlooking the Delaware River at 757 S. Front St.

Since then, the bright-and-airy dining room at the corner of 10th and Spruce has sat empty and unused. But it won’t be vacant for long.

This summer, Pitsillides will open Kanella Grill, serving traditional Cypriot street food in a casual setting. Dominic Santora, currently sous chef at Kanella South, will likely run the kitchen.

Though Pitsillides isn’t yet ready to talk details, Billy Penn hears the concept is basically a casual kebab shop, with a menu focusing on grilled skewers of meat, sausage, poultry, fish and marinated vegetables.

Few changes are needed, since the interior is still pretty much as it was left, chairs and tables intact. A sign posted on the door suggests Kanella Grill could launch as soon as July.

And if you’re in the industry, take note: the spot is hiring for all positions.

The sign on the door of 1001 Spruce St.
The sign on the door of 1001 Spruce St. Credit: Billy Penn Tipster

Danya Henninger is director and editor of Billy Penn at WHYY, where she oversees the team, all editorial decisions, and all revenue generation, including the membership program. She is a former food and...