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Georgian restaurant to open in Palo Alto

Uploaded: Dec 4, 2017
In what is likely a first for Palo Alto, a Georgian restaurant is set to open here.

Pavel Sirotin, who is from Russia, is opening a restaurant called Bevri at 530 Bryant St. He took over the space after Vero Ristorante closed in October. The Italian restaurant had been there since 2005.

Sirotin recently moved to the Bay Area with a startup he was working for. Noticing the obvious absence of Georgian restaurants, he said he thought to himself, "'Why not open one?'"

Sirotin has not worked in restaurants before but said he's always had a passion for cooking and hospitality. He's opening Bevri with his brother and sister-in-law.

Georgian cuisine centers around meat and vegetables, he said. Traditional dishes include Khinkali, a dumpling filled with meat and/or vegetables; khachapuri, or cheese-filled bread (every village in Georgia has its own spin on the bread, Sirotin said); and kebabs.

Ingredients like spinach, walnuts, pomegranate and eggplant feature heavily in Georgian cuisine, Sirotin said.

Bevri will serve beer and wine. The restaurant's name means "a lot" in Georgian, meant to convey an enthusiasm for both hospitality and food, Sirotin said.

He hopes to be open as soon as possible.
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Posted by Palo Alto, a resident of Stanford,
on Dec 7, 2017 at 11:06 am

Welcome Pavel Sirotin! =)

Best wishes.


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Posted by Dave Ross, a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park,
on Dec 7, 2017 at 1:46 pm

Welcome. I'm looking forward to trying out your food.


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Posted by Big Georgia Fan!, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis,
on Dec 7, 2017 at 3:15 pm

This is great - can't wait for the opening! I've been to Georgia several times and love the food!


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Posted by Nayeli, a resident of Midtown,
on Dec 7, 2017 at 9:34 pm

Nayeli is a registered user.

This sounds interesting! We'll give it a try!


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Posted by Paul, a resident of Midtown,
on Jan 27, 2018 at 12:35 am

Any update as of today?
I'm looking forward to eat Georgian food, especially if they would prepare "imeretinski khachapuri" as this superb kind of food is hard to find in California, even San Francisco Russian-Tbilisi Bakery doesn't have that kind of "round" khachapuri - they produce more common kind (popular in Armenia) - square ones, puff pastry type, different in taste.


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