Stratos' Promise of Free Food During the Government Shutdown Cost It 387 Gyros

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I can't help but fantasize that like many other scandals involving our pedigreed leaders, the government shutdown will lead to some sort of hearing. And that the wasted money, disrupted lives and other indirect costs of the budget standoff that accomplished nothing will force some sort of nonpartisan investigation that will waste even more money and disrupt even more lives because someone has to pay and that might as well be us. Twice.

In my fantasy inquiry involving sworn testimony given by subject matter experts who bill $400 an hour plus expenses (riverfront view suite, please), a question will be asked about the number of gyros that were lost due to the shutdown. It's not a pretty picture.

See Also: Stratos Is Giving Free Delicious Gyros to Furloughed Government Employees

Stratos owner Nick Rizos knows the cost of the 16-day government shutdown all too well. In an effort to keep the economy moving, Rizos offered a free gyro to any federal employee who was furloughed during the shutdown, and the offer was to continue (one gyro per day) until the shutdown ended. It didn't end quickly.

In fact, 16 days later, Rizos had handed out 387 gyros, which the restaurateur values at more than $4,000. While he claims he was happy to do it, Rizos is still a businessman. He's glad the shutdown has come to an end.

Of course the deal signed on Capitol Hill is not a permanent solution to the spending disagreement between Democrats and Republicans, and there's a chance the government could shut down again early next year. If you're hoping another political calamity could fuel your love of free gyros, temper your enthusiasm. When asked if he'd offer the same deal, Rizos said he wasn't sure. "For everybody's sake, let's hope it doesn't happen," he said.

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Stratos Greek Tavern

2907 W. NW Highway, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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At that price, even using the best ingredients, food cost are around 20%. So technically they just gave away around $800 worth of food. A small price to pay for gaining future business from furloughed government employees. Rizos' biggest mistake is bragging about it.


Gabe, Do those fries come with cheese like your self plug?


Yikes, that works out to $10.33 a gyro!  for that kinda money you are way better off getting the big meaty ribs at Mac's BBQ on main street. fresh hand cut fries and sauce that can only be described at "out of this world!"..........tell 'em Gabe sent ya!

Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Food costs are more around 30%. You not figuring in other factors like wages, utilities, rent,


@Sharon_Moreanus actually if I would have intended to figure in those I would have said, "Food costs, and other factors like wages, utilities, rent,...", but those are static and would be an expense even if they weren't giving the food away. 

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