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Eating Out - May 17, 2019

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SPALTI SPACE BECOMES GREEK-TURKISH RESTAURANT ... Longtime Palo Alto Italian restaurant Spalti has closed, and the owner has partnered with another local restauranteur to open a new concept: Smyrna, a Greek-Turkish restaurant. Philliph Bulutogli opened Spalti at 417 S. California Ave. nearly three decades ago. Though the restaurant served Northern Italian food, Bulutogli is a Turkish-born Kurd. Bulutogli sold the restaurant in 2012 to Ayhan Akgul, who is also from Turkey. Akgul teamed up with another native of Turkey and local restaurant owner, Zubi Duygu of Urfa Bistro in Los Altos, to open Smyrna this week, Duygu said. Urfa, which opened in downtown Los Altos in 2015, serves a primarily Turkish menu. The new restaurant is named for an ancient Greek city, once the site of the Greco-Turkish War and now known in Turkey by a different name, Izmir. Smyrna's tagline is "Two cultures, one journey," Duygu said. Smyrna is now open for dinner only from 5-9 p.m. — E.K.

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Posted by PA Mom
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 20, 2019 at 10:27 pm

Maybe a better name for the Turkish Greek restaurant would be 1922 Fire of Smyrna. In all seriousness choosing the name of the city whose destruction was a holocaust, meaning whole + burnt, for a restaurant that purports to be Turkish and Greek is insensitive and insulting to anyone who knows history.


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Posted by PA Mom
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 20, 2019 at 10:33 pm

Upon further thought, perhaps the new restaurant should be called Smyrna: Greek & Armenian Barbecue.
Germans are capable of accepting responsibility for the horrors the perpetrated in the 20th C. Turkish people should study the German example and learn from it.


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Posted by Ranna Gill
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 21, 2019 at 1:15 am

Maybe a better name for the Turkish Greek restaurant would be 1922 Fire of Smyrna. In all seriousness choosing the name of the city whose destruction was a holocaust, meaning whole + burnt, for a restaurant that purports to be Turkish and Greek is insensitive and insulting to anyone who knows history.


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Posted by Y. Bogosian
a resident of Community Center
on May 21, 2019 at 8:14 pm

>> perhaps the new restaurant should be called Smyrna: Greek & Armenian Barbecue.

In that case it should called Ottoman's Bar & Grill.

Besides given the history, no self-respecting Armenian would eat at a Turkish restaurant.


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