Dining options grow

Local residents with a taste for ethnic food have a couple new options. Nick Sakkalis, the former owner of It’s All Greek to Me, opened Mythos on July 28.

Nick Sakkalis at work in the Mythos kitchen preparing a pizza order.

Nick Sakkalis at work in the Mythos kitchen preparing a pizza order.

Local residents with a taste for ethnic food have a couple new options.

Nick Sakkalis, the former owner of It’s All Greek to Me, opened Mythos on July 28.

Located at Bay B, 188 Northey Ave., the restaurant specializes in Greek food and pizza, but also offers Italian and western dishes.

The premise have no dining facilities, with Mythos serving take-out food and operating a catering service.

Sakkalis, who trained as a chef in his native Greece in the early 1960s, operated a number of restaurants before settling in Red Deer in 1995. He started It’s All Greek to Me the following year in the city’s downtown.

After fire destroyed the 4746 Ross St. building his restaurant occupied late in 2000, Sakkalis relocated It’s All Greek to Me to its current address at 3710 Gaetz Ave. He sold his interest in the business last year.

“I decided to start a new place,” said Sakkalis, adding that he wanted to focus on catering and takeout food.

Mythos is open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 11 p.m.

Meanwhile, Wonton House also began serving customers last Wednesday.

Located at 6011 54th Ave. — the former premises of Yan’s Kitchen — it serves Chinese food, offering dishes prepared in the Asian country’s southern style and northern style.

Peter Zhang, who owns Wonton House with his wife Linda Jia, said their menu is similar to that of Yan’s Kitchen. He added that a number of new items have been added.

Hand-made noodles and dumplings are among the food available at Wonton House.

Zhang and Jia are both from Mainland China, with Jia running restaurants there for about 15 years. Zhang, who was a teacher in China, has since spent about seven years working in the restaurant industry.

Zhang came to Canada in 2001 and his wife arrived here in 2007. They’ve lived in Red Deer since 2007.

Their new restaurant has seating for about 20, and they also offer take-out and delivery service. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Sunday, although closing time could be extended if demand warrants, said Zhang.

He has no reservations about the long hours.

“I’ve gotten accustomed to that.”

Mike Zhao, who owned Yan’s Kitchen, now operates Yan’s Restaurant at 3235 50th Ave.

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