The Dublin location has a large assortment of Greek classics.

Mohammad Aburayyan sees no reason to complicate things.

He and partner Maher Shamruk have been building a solid business on gyros and fresh-cut fries for more than a decade.

The partners in the Gyro Shoppe on Henderson Road have opened second store in Dublin. It offers the same fast-casual format and inexpensive prices as the original location, Aburayyan said.
"We keep the tradition going," he said.

The restaurant has taken over 1,600 square feet of space at 5649 Woerner Temple Road in the Emerald Town Center, a new strip center at the corner of Woerner Temple and Emerald Parkway. It seats 42.

Aburayyan said the spit-roasted gyro composite is drizzled with a mayo-sour cream mixture punched up with garlic. The fries, meanwhile, are twice fried once in the morning and left to cool and then fried again later, resulting in a crispy exterior with a denser interior for a more pronounced potato flavor, he said.

Other highlights of the menu include homemade hummus, falafel, spanikopita, stuffed grape leaves and two soups made daily chicken lemon and vegetable lentil. There's also an array of subs, kebabs, burgers and chicken sandwiches, and pita selections. Almost everything on the menu is priced $5 or less.

The Gyro Shoppe was founded in the early 1990s. Shamruk purchased it in 1997. Aburayyan bought into the business three years later.

The place is open lunch and dinner hours daily. For more information, call 614-799-1200.

... In what could be a first for Columbus, a restaurant offering strictly Afghani fare will open on the Northwest Side.

Cafe Kabul will open in a week or two at 2831 Olentangy River Road in the University City shopping center. The 1,500-square-foot space will seat 44 in the former Dairy Queen location.

Owner Noorgul Dada wants to dispel any misconceptions about the fare, which is often associated with Indian. Where Indian food is largely associated with spicy and rich curries, Afghan dishes bear more of a resemblance to Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines, he said. He is even importing a special three-tiered grill from England to cook the meats chicken, lamb and beef all of which will be marinated overnight.

The menu is composed mostly of kebab platters, ranging in price from $6 to $10.

"It's unique and very healthy," he said.

Exotic starters include qorma, stewed beef with lentils; buranee bonjjon, fried cubes of eggplant topped with yogurt; and boulanee, bread stuffed with potatoes.

Two types of tea will be served: sher chai, a strong black tea with milk, and an Afghani green tea. Alcohol will not be served.

The menu will be rounded out with gyros, chicken sandwiches and burgers.

"I'm trying to cover the whole family," he said.

He said he chose the location because of its large international audience and high foot traffic. Also, given the restaurant's location in relation to the university, he believes area diners will be more adventuresome.

Cafe Kabul will be open six days a week, closed Mondays.

... Fireballs & Brew, part of the Toledo-based Jed's Barbeque & Brew, opened Sunday in the Hilliard area. The restaurant will take over the former Damon's location at 3799 Park Mill Run Drive. Franchisees opened the area's first Jed's in October in Crosswoods. The place is known for its pub-style fare, including "fireballs" fresh-cut, batter-fried strips of chicken covered with a variety of ingredients. For more information, call 614-767-0000.

... Clarification: Ohio Links does not supply homemade sausage to Burgundy Room or Clever Crow pizza in the Short North. The April 22 installment of Table Talk indicated otherwise.