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Greek dining in Florida June 22, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Taste World.

If you frequently drive back and forth from the Village of Warwick to the Village of Florida, you’re probably familiar with the location of The Village Grill. The restaurant at 117 South Main St., Florida, N.Y., sits across from Country Chevy Auto Body.

What you may not know is that since last October, the facility that once housed Fulton’s Folly, a well-known bar & grill, has had a total makeover. It is now home to The Village Grill and has been transformed into a modern family restaurant.

“We gutted it,” said co-owner Karen Dugan. “Everything is new and bright. There are more tables and we also have outdoor seating during good weather.”

She and her partner Miltos Porfyris now offer Italian-American and Greek specialties at what she promises are reasonable prices. “We cater to families and we want to be sure that our lunches and dinners are as affordable as they are well prepared.”

Dugan is a longtime resident of Florida, N.Y., where she and her husband, Mike, raised three daughters: Keri and Tricia, now grown, and Michelle, 15.

Her partner, Miltos Porfyris, is also a longtime local resident. He and his wife, Stephanie, have three children: Dino, 14, Niko, 13, and Paulette, 12.

Porfyris is an experienced restaurateur. “I’ve been in this business for 25 years,” he said. “This is my sixth restaurant.”

Before opening The Warwick Grill, Porfyris had owned and managed restaurants in Manhattan and Queens as well as in Orange County. He formerly owned and managed the Americana Diner & Restaurant on Route 211 in Middletown.

The Village Grill offers a complete lunch and dinner menu ranging from appetizers, soups and salads to meat and fish entrees. There are also Wraps, Burgers, Paninis and homemade Greek specialties such as Spanakopita, Mousaka and Pastitso prepared by Porfyris’ wife, Stephanie. One of her special desserts is the popular Mediterranean honey cake, Baklava. The restaurant recently received honorable mention by the judges at Warwick’s “Taste of the Town” event.

The Village Grill has a full liquor license and offers a large selection of wines. The restaurant is also available for private parties and catering.

The Village Grill is open Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. Low-priced “Early Bird” special dinners are served weekdays from 3 – 6 p.m. The restaurant is open on special Sundays, such as Mother’s Day or private parties. Call 651-4321 for information and reservations.

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