The restaurant is at 2805 Hathaway Road, formerly home to the Stratford Grill, which had been around since the late 1950s, Mendez says.
DiLauro, who lives down the street from there, noticed a “for rent” sign in the window and inquired about it, then talked to restaurateur Johnny Giavos, who put him in touch with Mendez. “Next thing you know, Chris and I are partners,” says Mendez, adding that Giavos is their “not-so-silent partner — and friend.”
Jeff Killen, who worked on Stella’s, is designing and building booths, tables, paneling and metalwork, he adds.
Constantine (Dean) Giavos, Johnny’s son, designed the menu, which will feature Latin and Mediterranean food as well as hamburgers, chicken drumsticks and liver pate. “When we first started this project, we said, ‘Let’s do something completely different,’ ” Mendez says. Then we decided we’d be idiots not to do what we do best.”
The Galley partners will roast their own turkey and ham, and they plan to serve breakfast all day (starting at 11 a.m.) as well as an extensive brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are also 12 taps for craft beer.
“We’re going to be very family oriented,” Mendez says, adding, “We decided to change the whole vibe of the place. We think the neighborhood will embrace it.”