Thomas Soukakos is selling his family-friendly Greek restaurant, Capitol Hill’s Vios Cafe and Marketplace, so that he can spend more time traveling to Greece and concentrating on his other Greek restaurant in the neighborhood, the upscale Omega Ouzeri. The 15-year-old Vios will remain open while Soukakos looks for a buyer.
In March, Soukakos also sold the Vios Cafe and Pub inside Ravenna’s Third Place Books. New owners Ed and Arta Vogli changed the name to Cafe Arta Bistro and Pub. The menu remains Greek and Mediterranean, with dishes like pork gyro, lamb souvlaki, hummus, and baba ganoush.
Soukakos wants to concentrate his efforts full-time on Omega Ouzeri, which he opened four years ago. The airy, modern restaurant — with dishes like grilled octopus and whole sea bass — is a departure from the smaller, more down-home Vios, with its kids’ play area and attached retail shop. Soukakos wants to visit friends and family in Greece more often and also source more Greek wine to bring back to Omega Ouzeri. He’s recently expanded the restaurant’s retail wine area, and will soon add a wine club and private wine dinners.
Once Vios is sold, Omega Ouzeri will run the catering arm formerly operated by Vios.