A new Greek eatery recently debuted in Clayton. Katerina’s Greek Restaurant held a grand opening in September, featuring a menu of traditional Greek favorites including gyros, skewers, pastitsio and more. The concept comes from Tracy and Crist Dubis and was created to honor the life of their late daughter, Katherine, who was struck by a car in 2015.

“Katherine loved her Greek heritage, and she was the inspiration behind this,” Tracy Dubis says. “People welcomed having a Greek restaurant, but more than that they welcomed the celebration of a life. It’s been wonderful and beautiful for people to be able to come somewhere and not have their grief silenced. They can celebrate their loved ones with us.”

Dubis and her husband are both veterans of the area restaurant scene – Tracy previously worked for restaurants including The Mayfair and 1860’s Hardshell Cafe, while Crist’s résumé includes Al Baker’s. The couple also previously owned a restaurant called KaNick’s, named after Katherine and their son, Nick. 

Katerina’s Greek Restaurant fills the space previously occupied by Copia. Personal touches to the elegant space include new blue-and-white signage to drive the Greek theme home and a tribute to Katherine at the entrance.

“Katherine’s kindness and courage have been my guidance,” Dubis says. “This has brought a lot of joy and a lot of people together.”

Zack Fiordimondo serves as the chef, cooking up a menu of Greek appetizers and dips, salads and soups, sandwiches, seafood dishes with fresh fish, traditional entrées and meats. Appetizer highlights include Greek hummus, spanakopita (spinach pie) and saganaki, or flash-fried kasseri cheese served aflame tableside.

Salads include horiatiki (village salad) with tomatoes, Feta, cucumbers, kalamata olives, onions and capers. Gyros, wraps and sandwich options include a Greek chicken pita or wrap with Feta, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and tzatziki sauce as well as bifteki, or a Greek-style beef burger with tyrokafteri (Feta and hot pepper spread), tomatoes and onions. 

Skewers are another popular pick. Choose from char-grilled chicken, Greek meatballs, beef tenderloin or pork tenderloin, each served with tzatziki. Seafood options include fresh fried cod, while entrees include highlights such as pastitsio, or layers of seasoned ground beef and pasta topped with a rich Béchamel sauce.

The wine list includes a selection of Greek picks in addition to other by-the-glass options. For dessert, choose from baklava (with or without ice cream) and rice pudding.

Katerina's Greek Restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11am to 9pm, Friday from 11am to 10pm and Saturday from 4 to 10pm.

Katerina's Greek Restaurant, 7822 Bonhomme, Clayton, Missouri, 636.900.7991, katerinastl.com