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2016 Best of Olympia: The Gyro Spot

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The Gyro Spot in Olympia was once a street cart and now a permanent place for great food. File photo

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Greek deli-style Gyro Spot boasts fresh, blue paint and stainless steel kitchen equipment. The business may look new, but the sticker on the front door tells curious passersby this place is the new home of longtime restaurant owner, Kenny Trobman.

Trobman's signature image - a big-eyed chef with tons of frizzy hair, riding in a hotrod covered wagon - gained recognition after it decorated the front window of downtown favorite grinder and sandwich house, the Clubside Cafe, for seven years before the business closed its doors in 2009. Trobman wanted to shift his focus to family life and, eventually, the very popular street cart operation, The Gyro Spot (lovingly referred to as The G-spot, for, um, satisfying cravings). Trobman's The Gyro Spot has come to be somewhere Westside lunch-goers and downtown partyers rely on for cheap, tasty eats.

The Gyro Spot's move to a physical location, while not as kitschy, served Olympia well. Trobman explains the move was a result of county ordinances and codes being interpreted in ways that make it difficult to run a "temporary" business.

"Food is my passion," Trobman said.

The physical location of The Gyro Spot shares the same concept as street vending: Fast, yummy and easy on the wallet. Although it doesn't have quite the same atmosphere as hanging on the pavement, Trobman has interacted well with the clientele, offering late-night grub through a sliding window to the sidewalk. Late-night hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, 5 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

THE GYRO SPOT, 317 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia

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