Makario’s Kitchen opens in Fitchburg State – The Point


After Thanksgiving returned, a brand new restaurant, Makario’s Kitchen welcomed the Fitchburg State community to the building that once housed University Pizza. Located right next to the campus townhouses and behind Miller Hall at 219 Highland Avenue, the building had been vacant since University Pizza closed in the early months of the pandemic.

In the months leading up to the restaurant’s opening, discerning students noticed work being done to refresh the building. Student Tim Foley described seeing changes in Makario’s kitchen building and said: “I think seeing the slow change taking place was cool, and I kept wondering what they would do. then.” Foley, who lives in the townhouses bordering the restaurant, added: “I’ll be curious to see how this plays out. I know restaurants come and go in Fitchburg sometimes, so we’ll see what they decide to do differently to have a little more longevity.

Since the start of the current semester, some students have missed the proximity and convenience once provided by University Pizza. Speaking of University Pizza and the benefits of the location, student Jack Doyle said, “The location couldn’t be beat. Having a restaurant that is basically on campus was great. Especially with Dhaka and Hammond’s inconvenient schedules, having a place open at night and on weekends is crucial for social life at FSU. Doyle is eager to try Makario’s Kitchen and added, “Hope this is a nice place to eat with good hours and unique cuisine among the options offered on campus.”

George Ibrahim of Makario’s Restaurant said the staff were absolutely delighted to welcome students from Fitchburg State. “That’s why we are here, to serve the students. Our prices are very competitive to match student budgets. Ibrahim described the many dishes on the menu and how everything served is homemade, from the food to the sauces.

When asked what menu item he recommends for students, Ibrahim said, “One of our very specialized items that is homemade is the falafel. It’s very fast. It’s 100% vegan, gluten-free and mostly organic. They are very healthy and no breadcrumbs are added.

Pizza lovers need not worry, as pizza is always available on the menu and can be ordered in the slice or as a pie. However, Makario’s Kitchen changes things from the old campus restaurants and also offers a variety of Greek dishes such as lamb rice, kebabs, gyros, and baklava.

The Makario’s Kitchen website describes the restaurant as follows: “We serve irresistible comfort food. Our mission is to make you smile with every bite. Treat yourself to a wellness meal today! The attitude of well-being described on the website is reflected in the service offered at Makario’s Kitchen. The staff were both friendly and accommodating and Makar Sodky the owner and manager of Makario’s Kitchen offered several free drinks and meals to celebrate the restaurant’s grand opening as observed during my visit.

Makario’s kitchen is open weekdays from 10 a.m. at 8 p.m., Saturdays from 12 p.m. at 8 p.m., and is closed on Sundays.


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