The Geren family has gone Greek. Our tummies applaud them.
Wenatchee residents Chris and Becky Geren, along with sons Eathyn and Tristyn, three weeks ago opened Chris & Beck’s Gyros, a snazzy food trailer on North Mission Street between Fifth and Seventh streets.
Five days a week, the Gerens make yummy gyros (pronounced “yuro” or “hero”), which is sort of a Greek sandwich of sliced lamb and beef, feta cheese, spinach, cucumber, tomatoes, red onions and creamy tzatziki sauce (a cucumber-yogurt topping) on warmed flatbread. The family’s selling about 40 to 60 of those babies a day, right now mostly to folks who are just driving by.
“Business is good, and it’s all been word of mouth,” said Becky. “This gives us a chance to practice for the Apple Blossom Festival. We’re hoping for big, hungry crowds.”
In fact, a few years ago Chris and Becky were eating gyros at the Apple Blossom food fair (in Memorial Park) and agreed that Wenatchee needed a Greek joint. “We wanted a place where we could buy gyros almost any time of year,” said Becky.
About 10 months ago, the Gerens leased the food trailer from friends in East Wenatchee — “it was just sitting there waiting for us, ready to roll,” Becky laughed — and they’ve been outfitting the mobile kitchen (including city and health district permits) ever since. Electricity, propane, water, refrigeration, vertical meat broiler, hanging flower baskets — the trailer has it all.
Cooking and serving comes naturally to Chris and Becky, both 36, who’ve worked in restaurants for much of the last 15 to 20 years. Becky rattles off their restaurant resumés: Gustav’s, Garlini’s, Applebee’s, Shakti’s, Red Robin, Fujiyama’s and the venerable Horan House, which closed years ago.
“We’ve done it all,” she said. “We thought it was time to do something for ourselves — to own our own place.” The food trailer keeps overhead down and lessens the financial risk, she said.
Chris & Beck’s offers several kinds of gyros — traditional, vegetarian, sweet and spicy chicken — along with the popular option of building your own from 18 different ingredients. They also have a choice of $2 side dishes: Greek salad, hummus and chips and French fries.
Details: Chris & Beck’s Gyros, 601 N. Mission St., Wenatchee. Phone: 630-7965. Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. For more info, see their Facebook page.
Kapow! Free comics a knockout offer
Time to pull our Power Ranger suits out of mothballs and get ready for what’s become a favorite holiday — not Easter, not Mother’s Day, but the annual Free Comic Book Day on May 3.
Whoo-hoo, Scooby-Doo. No other “national appreciation day” honors someone like Rocket Raccoon, a grumpy critter who’s a Guardian of the Galaxy, or Clumsy Smurf or, of course, heroes (?) like Archie, SpongeBob and Batman.
Wenatchee’s Galaxy Comics, the hub of the comic-book universe in North Central Washington, will celebrate the day by offering free copies of favorite comics (more than 30 titles) from noon to 5 p.m. May 3. Owned by comic master Dean Ball, Galaxy is located at 1720 Fifth St., Suite D. Get him talking about Superman for a richer comic book experience.
By the way, Galaxy is one of 2,000 comic book stores around the world that’ll participate in Free Comic Book Day, when they’ll give out about 4.6 million freebies. Part of this effort is to promote upcoming super-hero movies: Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2), X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23) and Guardians of the Galaxy (Aug. 1).
As for our Power Ranger suits … we’ve still got time to zap a few pounds off the spare tires rolling over our Power belts. Maybe we should dress as Smurfs instead?
This weekly column is compiled from “Everyday Business,” a blog by World reporter Mike Irwin. You can reach him at 665-1179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.