newly and improved fried chicken and gyro place
By rashell vasquez, 18'
As known, almost every high school student has an after school hangout spot. Some students go to fancy diners, while others go to the park. At Hillcrest High School, majority of the students go to the Fried Chicken & Gyro place, the infamous restaurant known for their perfectly cooked burgers and delicious fries. Recently, the Gyro place shut down for two weeks. With hungry students hoping to grab a burger after school, this came as a disappointment for many. As per usual, the Hillcrest Highlighter team came together in order to figure out why the place closed down for so long.
In a short and brief interview with one of the employees, we were able to conclude what the motives were behind the closure of the Gyro place. Abdul Rasheed, one of the employees, was kind enough to offer us some time to answer questions we had about the place. He answered, “The place was not so good, so that is why we renovated it. We wanted to attract more people.” In high importance, Rasheed states that “the basic reason was to attract the people.” As learned, the owners were not content with how the place was looking and thought it had a direct impact on the business. Prior to the renovations, the place seemed a bit rundown and it was not the ideal place to eat because of the interior design. The chairs would have rips in them and the paint would chip off the walls, it was not a pretty sight. Alongside with that, the exterior of the store was not eye catching and it seemed to blend in with every other store on the block. Post renovation, has all changed it all. With freshly painted pink walls, new hardware, and a new exterior design, the store has definitely changed for the better.
With a much more attractive exterior and freshly painted pink walls, it was in question whether there was a rise in business, post-renovation. Abdul claims that there was “not a big change, but a small change but we are so hopeful that it is going to be more than good.” The owner and the workers wish to expand their restaurant beyond the public it has been already introduced to. Hillcrest students make up the majority of their customers, but they wish to open doors to many more customers. Looking into the future, both the owner and worker are very hopeful that their renovations will lead to a very prosperous business.
The design of the store was not the only thing that changed. When asked about other changes that were made, Abdul immediately responded by saying “Yeah, other changes was that we include more stuff. Some stuff we are still waiting, like we will start a [selling] pizza, we will start [selling] fried chicken. These two things were added.” Expanding their horizons, they are hoping to attract more people by introducing a variety of foods to their burger filled menu. Although they are known for their tasty burgers, adding different foods to their menu attracts customers that are eager to try diverse foods. The two newly implemented foods have not yet been sold, considering they are still refining their skills and working on the place.
The Gyro place has been highly known for its inexpensive yet delicious food choices. For many high school students, this is a major bonus. Not only are their burgers full of great flavor, but the prices range from $3-$10, depending on the order. A common and all round favorite is the cheeseburger accompanied with masala fries. The mixture of flavors compliment each other perfectly while bringing a new taste to the classic cheese burger.
All in all, the Gyro place has potential to sprout into a bigger and wonderful business. With or without renovations, one thing is for sure, their burgers will always be held at a pedestal in comparison to other businesses.