Husband and wife team, Yiannis and Mata Makris have opened Artemis Greek Taverna on Albion Street.
Yiannis, who will be front of house, and chef Mata both come from the town of Volos in Greece, which is renowned for its food. They both came to Hull to study in 1993 and met each other in 1995.
Mata graduated from the University of Hull in electronic engineering - but her natural passion for food led her to set up her own business cooking Greek delights for dinner parties, weddings and other events.
The couple were headhunted by their business partners who never forgot the quality of the dining experience from their visits to The Greek. Now they been given free rein with the menu and the atmosphere at Artemis Greek Taverna, on the corner of Charles Street and Jarratt Street.
They have spent the last two months completely refurbishing the premises, which were empty for several months after the sudden closure of Rustica.
The colours are classic Greek blue and white, the ambience is intimate and most of the team of 10 are Greek.
The menu features assorted Greek favourites including various cheeses, home-made dips with pitta, falafel, courgette fries and spinach pie and a range of fish, meats, souvlakis and salads.
Artemis Greek Taverna will have up to 40 seats inside with the potential to almost double that with pavement dining during the summer. Opening hours will be 11.30am to 9.30pm Tuesday to Sunday, with take-away lunches a daytime speciality.
HullBID executive director Kathryn Shillito said: “Artemis Greek Taverna promises to be a fantastic addition to the dining scene as an independent restaurant which is different from anything else in Hull city centre.
“We’ve seen what Mata and Yiannis are capable of – amazing, authentic Greek food and a traditional Greek welcome and we’re eager to see the response to their new restaurant."