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Essex Street Market Going Greek

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Rona Economou

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.

“This market is affordable, and a good place to baptize a new venture,” she said Wednesday, while consulting with her carpenter about her counter installation.
Boubouki (which translates from Greek as “flower bud”) will offer a small menu at first, which Economou plans to expand as she builds up a customer base. Pending final city inspections, she expects to open for business late next week, with hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
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