Papa Gjorgjo moving to new location

An announcement that the Papa Gjorgjo restaurant is moving to East Main Street is shown Aug. 31 in a window at 802 E. Main St., where The Quart House used to be. Later this month, Papa Gjorgjo will relocate from its current home on North Mississippi to its new address on East Main.

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Papa Gjorgjo is moving back to Main Street — but this time, the Italian restaurant is moving further east.

The restaurant is relocating from its current home at 1600 N. Mississippi to the space formerly occupied by The Quart House, 802 E. Main St. The northern location will close its doors Sept. 18 so owners George and Gay Veliu can begin moving to the new site.

The Velius’ goal is to have the restaurant up and running in its new location by the end of that week.

Papa Gjorgjo is moving because Harps Foods, which is building a grocery store at 1716 N. Mississippi, has bought the property where the restaurant sits, George said Wednesday. He added that he is looking forward to moving closer to downtown Ada.

“I’m happy,” he said. “We were on Main Street here for a long time.”

George used to own the Italian Villa restaurant on Mississippi, but he later decided to open an Italian restaurant on Main Street. The original Papa Gjorgjo opened in February 2001 at 112 E. Main St.

Seven years later, the Velius expanded their operation by opening Papa Gjorgjo North Lounge at 1600 N. Mississippi. They merged the downtown and northern locations into a single restaurant on the north side of town in 2015.

George said the restaurant on East Main Street will be smaller than the northern location, which will create a more intimate atmosphere. He added that the menu at the East Main restaurant will include some new items.

Eric Swanson is the City Hall and general assignment reporter for The Ada News. He spent 15 years working at the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, before joining The Ada News’ staff in 2012.