Much to the delight of the many East Nashvillians who have become fans, Zavós, the Greek eatery and bar at the corner of Porter and Greenwood (across from the Family Wash), has gotten its liquor license and significantly expanded its hours.
In recent months, Zavós had been open Thursday through Saturday, while brothers and co-owners David and Niko Gehrke bided time while waiting for the liquor license that would allow them to fully manifest their vision -- a neighborhood bar and Greek bistro. Now that the license has arrived and the bar is fully stocked, Zavós will be open Monday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. The kitchen closes at 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, midnight Friday and Saturday. (Late night weekend food on the East Side! Finally!) If all goes well, David and Niko may further expand the bar hours till 3 a.m.
The brothers Gehrke have also updated the menu, adding Greek-style chicken wings, dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves) and, in welcome news to area vegetarians, a veggie version of their souflaki sandwich. (Zavós' Mediterranean platter -- tzatziki, eggplant salad, red pepper salsa, hummus and feta cheese -- was already one of the best veggie meals in town.) Prices are marginally higher than the old menu, but given the quality of the food -- most of the recipes come from family matriarch Eleni Gehrke and emphasize fresh ingredients -- the meals are generally still a bargain.
Zavós will feature happy hour drink specials all day Monday and 4-7 p.m. the rest of the week. And the fact that they're open on Monday is exciting for residents of East Nashville, where neighborhood favorites like Marché, Family Wash, Silly Goose and Margot are all closed on Monday.