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Get a Taste of Mediterranean in northeast Modesto and, soon, in Turlock

Employee Jatinder Mand serves a customer Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, at Taste of Mediterranean, which opened earlier this month at Claus Road and Sylvan Avenue on the northeast side of Modesto.
Employee Jatinder Mand serves a customer Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, at Taste of Mediterranean, which opened earlier this month at Claus Road and Sylvan Avenue on the northeast side of Modesto. etracy@modbee.com

Mediterranean food seems to be growing in popularity. I’ve written about a few of these places opening up in the area in this column over the past few years.

Others have been around for years. Papachino’s, for instance, is a favorite spot for many of us who work in downtown Modesto – I think I could eat the veggie Zorba every day.

Now folks on the northeast side of town can get a Taste of Mediterranean – literally. A restaurant by that name opened earlier this month at Sylvan Avenue and Claus Road. The restaurant started with a site in Canada in January 2004 and has since franchised several locations in the United States and Canada. The Modesto restaurant is the first on the West Coast, but it won’t be alone for long. An employee said plans call for another site in Turlock to open in the next few months.

Employee Jassie Kaur said the restaurant specializes in a variety of Greek food – “Everything is good.”

Options include chicken shawarma, gyros, beef and lamb dishes. The restaurant, at 3948 Sylvan Ave., is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. Find it on Facebook or call 209-284-0147.


Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

There’s a new salon in town, Oakdale. Salon Ashby will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning, according to the Chamber of Commerce.

You can find Salon Ashby at 517 West F St. The ribbon-cutting is set for 9 a.m.


And finally, whatever your plans for Thanksgiving, making a run to GameStop won’t be one of them.

The video game chain, which also operates ThinkGeek and Cricket stores, announced this week that it will not be among those open on Thanksgiving Day.

“We believe strongly that our customers and associates should have the opportunity to spend the Thanksgiving holiday relaxing with family and friends, and not worrying with the stress of where to find the best shopping deals,” GameStop’s Mike Buskey said in a news release. “We know this is in stark contrast to what many other retailers are doing, but we are taking a stance to protect family time during this important holiday.”

Thanksgiving has been a hot-button issue among retailers in recent years, with many big-box stores creeping Black Friday further and further into the holiday that precedes it as they try to get a jump on the all-important Christmas shopping season. When I worked at Gottschalks, I remember griping because I had to be at work at 7 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving – that seems rather quaint these days, doesn’t it?

Some consumers – and employees – have fought back against the “Black Friday creep,” with others pointing out that holiday shopping is a family activity for some folks, and that many employees are happy to work and get the extra pay. I can see both sides. As the day draws nearer, it will be interesting to see how it all sorts out this year.

Of course, should you really want to do some GameStop shopping after eating your turkey dinner, Buskey reminds you lower in the news release that the store’s website “will be open all day and taking orders.”

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