Oliver Weir is not new to the food industry in Stephenville but what he has brought to town is something many people have never tried.
Weir, who owns Simply Deli, opened his newest restaurant in Stephenville, Big O's Gyros. The restaurant serves Greek style Gyros, which is a dish of roasted meat that can be chicken, lamb, beef or pork served in a sandwich with tomato, onion and tzatziki sauce wrapped in a pita or sandwich bread.
What gave you the idea to start a restaurant specializing in gyros?
We've been in the food business for more than five years so we're established here. A lot of college towns that my wife and I have visited have had gyro stands or trucks around the campus. Seeing those gave me the idea to try them out at Simply Deli and within a week they were accounting for more than 70% of our business so there wasn't much of a choice.
Why do you think your business will succeed?
There are a lot of great restaurants in Stephenville, but they're all mostly tex-mex, steaks or homestyle cooking, so I wanted to start something different. The gyros are not expensive, quick and tastes great. Many people here think about what they're going to do for a meal after work or class and it's just a change of pace from the norm. We also offer vegetarian dishes, including falafels. We can help everyone find something they like.
What is the correct pronunciation of "gyros?"
Everyone of course is going to say it differently. I've heard gy-ros, euros, geer-ohs and many more. We welcome any kind of pronunciation here. However, the correct way to say it is yeer-oh, with the 'y' sound.
Why should people come and try the gyro?
It's just different from everything else you can get here in town. It's the dish that was made before burgers and tacos. The health factor is something that is impressive also, it's good for you. Like I said before it's tasty, cheap and quick and a great meal and experience overall.
Big O's Gyros is located at 1150 W. Washington Street next to Bostock's. They are open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.