It’s all Greek to me... and it’s all for Altamonte Springs!
As for Curtis Harper, well, he knows more than a bit about food. And that bodes well for local fans of Mediterranean cuisine as Curtis recently opened Little Greek Fresh Grill in Altamonte Springs.
“I worked in Germany for three years, so I enjoyed a lot of international cuisine,” Curtis says. “And in Germany, everything food related would be within walking distance, and Greek was one of my favorites.”
After settling in Central Florida, though, Curtis decided he wanted to bring something more to the table. Part of his desire to own a Greek restaurant was, naturally, the food. The other inspiration was his own family’s dining experience.
“My family loves to eat out, and at one point, we were eating out about four times per week,” Curtis says. “One thing we noticed is that not all places we went to were consistent or clean. There wasn’t much of an experience. It was just a place you go to eat.”
Little Greek Fresh Grill will be much more. All the Central Florida locations get excellent reviews from those who love the gyros, falafel, Greek salads, and dolmas. They’re also often praised for customer service.
“What we want to accomplish here is for guests to come in and have that authentic experience,” Curtis says. “You’re welcomed when you come in the door, we say goodbye when you leave, and we remember your name.”
As for the Uptown Altamonte location, Curtis says it was fate.
“We really couldn’t have planned it any better, and that’s how we knew it was supposed to happen,” Curtis says. “It’s beautiful here. It’s historic, but also growing. And being next to Cranes Roost Park, there are always events going on here every week. We’re really excited to be here.”
In fact, Little Greek Fresh Grill recently participated in the Taste of Altamonte, and Curtis says his first appearance there won’t be the last.
As for the secret to Little Greek Fresh Grill’s beloved baklava cheesecake, Curtis offers only a smile.
“I think it’s one of those hidden treasures that people don’t expect,” he says. “We tell every single person the first time they try it, ‘Be careful, it’s very dangerous. You will be back for more.’”