Bizz buzz

It’s Greek to Me co-founder Alkis Arambadjis opened his own restaurant, Aronas, this month in the former Vino 610 space at 610 W. Lake St.

The Mediterranean bistro serves seafood, steak, lamb-chops, soups and more in the quaint remodeled space, which seats 45 at full capacity.

Arambadjis is originally from Greece. He moved to the U.S. in the 1970s and opened It’s Greek to Me at 626 W. Lake St. with his brother in 1982. Arambadjis returned to Greece in 1995 and moved back to the U.S. five years later. He helped run It’s Greek to Me until deciding to start his own restaurant venture this year.

Aronas is open from 5 p.m.–midnight Monday–Saturday and is closed Sunday. Those hours could change soon, Arambadjis said. The restaurant serves beer and wine, but does not have a full liquor license.

Aronas can be reached at 823-0156.


DreamHaven Books, an Uptown source for science fiction, fantasy and comic books, was negotiating to sell its purple storefront at 912 W. Lake St. to Highpoint Center for Printmaking in April.

DreamHaven owner Greg Ketter wrote in an April 14 email that Highpoint had not agreed yet to purchase the building, adding, “there are some environmental issues and costs which have not been resolved and until they are, there is no sale.”

Ketter indicated a final purchase agreement would have to be negotiated by April 18, several days after this issue of the Southwest Journal went to print.

Highpoint Executive Director Carla McGrath and Artistic Director Cole Rogers did not immediately return a call for comment.

The nonprofit printmaking center and gallery opened at 2638 Lyndale Ave. S. in April 2001, according to its website. A news report indicated the center’s board of directors planned to significantly expand the center with a move to the DreamHaven site.

DreamHaven opened its Lake Street location over 13 years ago. Ketter apparently had already identified a new location for his store, but didn’t indicate where that might be.
“I have a sale pending for our new location, but I can’t reveal where until I’m sure we’re actually going to move,” he wrote.

Whole Foods Market, 3060 Excelsior Blvd., has gone through extension renovations and is hosting a variety of events this month to show off its new features.

The 40,000-square-foot grocery store hasn’t expanded its footprint, but nearly every section in the store has been overhauled to make way for more grocery items. The fresh produce section is larger, as is the seafood area, meat counter, dairy section and bakery section. There’s also a new specialty cheese island, a new sushi case, fresh noodle area, and a pizza and panini bar.

New signage has also been installed throughout the store indicating how many organic items are in a particular section and giving background on the store’s mission, among other things. The signs are made from a variety of rapidly renewable resources and recycled materials, such as barn wood.

The grocery store also has a new lifestyle classroom equipped with a full-service kitchen outfitted by KitchenAid. Upcoming classes include:
• “Essential Oil Basics & Kitchen Cupboard Skincare,” on April 21, 6:30–8:30 p.m. ($5)
• “Cakes 101,” on April 24, 6:30–7:30 p.m. ($18)
• “Gluten-Free Group of Friends: Gluten-Free Cooking 101,” on April 28, 7–8 p.m. ($5)

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