A FLAVOR of the Mediterranean has arrived in Benfleet and is already causing a stir among foodies.
The Marble Restaurant, located at 9-15 Main Street, is a family business serving Southern European dishes.
The family who run the new restaurant have around 15 years of experience in the industry as chefs, as well as experience in marketing and customer service.
They say they hope to use their knowledge to go “beyond” people’s expectations.
Corporate administrator Olivia Worobec said that despite the restaurant only opening on Tuesday, the reception has been “incredible”, both in person and on social media.
She said: “The reaction has already been overwhelmingly positive, with many residents simply wishing us success and luck, which means a lot to us.
“The phone is ringing, we’ve received several messages and comments on our social networks, it’s just incredibly nice to have such support already.
“It’s certainly been a long road to getting the restaurant ready for people to enjoy, but for it to finally be open, in the summer, it’s the perfect time.
“We are so, so excited.”
The restaurant is mainly influenced by Greece, Italy, Lebanon and Turkey; all with the chef’s unique touch.
It offers both dine-in and take-out service and is open from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
The menu offers more than 75 options for different types of starters, main courses, vegetarian options and house specialties.
The name, Marble, was inspired by the island of Marmara in the Sea of Marmara, between Greece and Turkey.
Ms. Worobec explained how the name reflects their unique restaurant and its goals.
She said: “A Marble City is famous for its marble and its history, culture and geography, due to its name.
“As marble is a beautiful name stone used for breathtaking foundations that endure over time, the same way we set out to create our restaurant, something customers will be able to enjoy for years to come.
“We will serve fresh, delicious and flavorful Mediterranean cuisine with a range of classic and well-known dishes, but with the unique touch of a chef.”