Picture this: spit-roasted meat cradled in warm pita bread and smothered in creamy tzatziki sauce and topped with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and onion — are you hungry yet? If so, you’re in luck. The Gyro Shack, a popular Idaho restaurant chain, celebrates its grand opening today in Lakewood, bringing with it 11 different types of gyros and other Greek-style fare.
The restaurant was brought to the South Sound by franchise owners Todd and Kelly Mulvahill, who also own six Papa Murphy’s locations in the area and were introduced to The Gyro Shack through its owner and their good friend, Doug Miller.
“When I finally tasted the product, I was convinced that this was an incredible opportunity for Kelly and I to diversify our restaurants and bring something different to the Puget Sound,” Todd said.
The Lakewood location is The Gyro Shack’s first South Sound location and second to open in Washington — an Everett location opened earlier this year.
The menu, like all Gyro Shack locations, features 11 different types of gyros ranging from classic styles to more creative flavor combinations you might not find at your typical Greek restaurant.
“My favorite forever has been the deluxe, which is the original with feta cheese sprinkled over the top,” Todd said. “And then this past weekend when we had our crew training I tried number eight, which is the spicy bacon avocado. With the combination of the fresh slices of avocado, bacon, and tzatziki together, it was mind-blowing for flavor profile, and it’s my new favorite.”
Other menu items include a Greek salad, hummus and pita, baklava, and a kids’ menu that features items like chicken skewers and a pita melt.
However, Todd said what differentiates the Lakewood restaurant from other Gyro Shack locations is that it’s the only location that features both a drive-thru and indoor seating, allowing guests to grab their order on the go or the opportunity enjoy their meal while seated in one of the restaurant’s 33 seats.
Through their contract with The Gyro Shack, the Mulvahills have signed on to open 14 restaurants in the South Sound region. “With the territory that we signed onto, we own all of Thurston County, all of Pierce County, and South King County up to where I-90 comes into the football and baseball stadiums,” Todd said. “We figure that’s about a 40-store market.”
The Mulvahills currently have their sights set on the South Hill and Lacey/Olympia areas for their next locations.
The Gyro Shack is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. It’s located at 10519 Bridgeport Way S.W. in Lakewood.
On Wednesday, Nov. 1, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson and the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce will join The Gyro Shack for a blue ribbon cutting ceremony.