New kid on the block

Smells of fresh bread and home cooking waft into the air as you walk by 535 Main St. in Penticton.

Athena Vassilaki shows off her fresh-baked bread loaves

Athena Vassilaki shows off her fresh-baked bread loaves

Smells of fresh bread and home cooking waft into the air as you walk by 535 Main St. in Penticton.

Two signs hang above the door of the new restaurant — Bistro 535 and Athena’s Kitchen — the mark of a unique collaboration between  Pentictonite Athena Vassilaki and French-Canadian chef Micheal Legere.

Athena’s Kitchen supplies Greek home cooking with breads — from French loaf to Tsoureki, traditional pastry dishes like Spanakopita and Kotopita and desserts, all made to traditional recipes. Legere handles the bistro side of the business, making a range of dishes from breakfasts to delicous rueben sandwiches with Montreal smoked beef and brew-battered fries.

For Vassilaki, who is a drama and english teacher, it is the fullfillment of a lifelong dream of providing Penticton with a traditional greek bakery.

From breakfast to dinner, everything is made from scratch, and all the choices can be ordered for takeaway or eaten in the small restaurant.