Opa reopens months after water main break forced it to close

This is the final restaurant impacted by that flooding to reopen.

Andrew Kramer
October 06, 2018 - 8:57 am
Opa is back in business after the flood in Center City forced it to shut down

Andrew Kramer | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — "We're back, we can't wait for you to visit and we're going to provide you with the hospitality that we're known for."

That is Opa co-owner George Tsiouris' message to his patrons, who, for the last three months, weren't able enjoy Greek food and cocktails at his restaurant because it has been closed.

The closure began July 3 after a massive water main break at Juniper and Sansom Streets flooded the streets nearby, causing extensive damage to the roads and businesses.

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"When the flood first happened, I thought we were opening the following day," Tsiouris told KYW Newsradio. "But then when we saw the damage that happened, our basement, we use it very much so, and that's where most of the flood was at, I didn't expect this long of a delay."

All other bars and restaurants that were forced to close have since reopened. Now Opa, located near 13th and Sansom Streets, is back in business too.

"We feel great," said Tsiouris. "We're excited to be back open, guests look really happy to be back."

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Tsiouris is also very grateful for the support he said other nearby establishments have given his restaurant these last several months.

"It's a tight-knit community, so the minute it happened, almost every restaurateur was like 'anything you need, we're here to help,'" he added.

Tsiouris will now get to celebrate with his fellow neighborhood restaurant owners as Opa reopens just in time for the annual Midtown Village Fall Festival.