BY JOE MARVILLI
A local favorite is in the running to have its own concession stand at Citi Field.
Corfu Grill is one of three restaurants nominated for the Citi Small Business Call Ups program, which will present a City restaurant with the chance to highlight its food during the second half of the Mets’ 2014 season at Citi Field. The fans are voting on the three eateries, with the winner getting their own spot alongside some of the stadium’s culinary brands.
“Citi Small Business Call Ups is a unique opportunity to leverage our valued relationship with the New York Mets, create a one-of-a-kind platform for one of our small business clients to market their business and bring the rich flavors and culture of New York into Citi Field,” Robert Kleiber, Head of Small Business at Citi Field, said.
Competing against Corfu Grill, a Greek restaurant located in Forest Hills, are Ceetay, a Thai and Asian fusion restaurant in the Bronx, and Lady M Confections, a Manhattan-based venue that offers cakes and confectionary delights. Whichever establishment gets the most votes by June 6 will start its run at Citi Field on July 5, serving fans until the last game of the regular season on Sept. 28.
The owner of Corfu Grill, Georgios Aspiotis, was thrilled to be one of the finalists selected by Citi Field for the contest.
“I feel great. I’m feeling very proud about my business,” he said. “I will do my best for the customers of Citi Field to be satisfied and enjoy great meals.”
The 10-year-old restaurant has a wide variety of Greek specialties, such as Moussaka, Souvlaki, pasticcio, seafood and more. They also have a number of brunch options, desserts, pasta plates, hot and cold appetizers and traditional American meals. Catering is also available. Aspiotis said that popular items like chicken kebabs, gyros, salads and Greek yogurt would be served at Citi Field if the restaurant wins.
As of press time, Corfu Grill had a commanding lead, garnering 46 percent of the vote, with the other two restaurants hovering in the 20s. Aspiotis said he was confident in his restaurant’s victory.
“I’m the winner. It’s a done deal. See you at Citi Field,” he said.
The voting opened on May 23 and will continue until June 6, with the online ballot found at www.mets.com/citicallups. Anyone can vote daily until the contest wraps up. The winner will be announced on July 5.
Corfu Grill is located at 70-17 Austin St., Forest Hills. For more on the eatery, call (718) 263-6263 or visit www.corfugrillnyc.com.
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