Longtime Albuquerque restaurateur Nick Kapnison is taking on another project.
Kapnison and his business partner Jimmy Daskalos have purchased the fading Mykonos Cafe & Taverna and are set to take over the Northeast Heights eatery next week.
“We’re looking forward to (owning Mykonos),” Kapnison said Friday. “We think it’s a great location.”
Mykonos, a staple in Albuquerque’s Mountain Run Shopping Center, had become a shrinking operation. As I reported in a column last October, the restaurant had cut lunch and breakfast service, whittled the menu and closed off part of the dining room as owner Joe Cesarano sought a buyer.
While Kapnison would not disclose the exact purchase price, he said “we didn’t pay very much at all.”
The new owners will keep the Mykonos name and stick to the Greek food theme. But Kapnison said he will bolster the menu with more steaks and fish dishes.
Plans also call for some remodeling at the restaurant — which seats about 200 — including a kitchen expansion.
Mykonos, located at 5900 Eubank NE, opened in 1997. Original owner Maria Constantine sold it a few years ago and has since opened The Saucy Italian Bistro at 2912 Juan Tabo NE.