Rona Economou knew she didn’t want to be a lawyer all her life. So when she was laid off from her job as a litigator in December, it didn’t take her too long to figure out that what she really wanted to do was run a restaurant.
“Spinach pie, cheese pie, baklava,” the 32-year-old entrepreneur said Wednesday morning, ticking off the offerings at her new take-out venture, Boubouki, which is nearing its opening day. “I love cooking for people, seeing the look on their faces.”
Economou, a native of Astoria and a current resident of Tudor City, fell in love with Essex Street Market and the Lower East Side a few years ago, when she attended an art gallery opening here. When it came time to pursue her dream, she returned to Essex Street and rented a small space in the southeast corner of the market that just accommodates a sink, a refrigerator, an oven, a serving counter and a little room to move around.