A Bullwark of the Akron restaurant business

George Istocki

President George Istocki’s family heralds from the small Mediterranean country of Macedonia. A deep sense of pride in country and heritage dove tailed in to a love of food.

George Istocki started in the restaurant business in 1979 at his father’s restaurant, Europe Restaurant and Lounge, in Massillon, Ohio. Through years of hard work mixed with heritage and fine flavors,Europe Gyro Pizza was born. Through a period of slang, the short name EuroGyro stuck and was trademarked.

The first EuroGyro was started in 1984 in Akron, near the University of Akron campus. Soon after, in 1989, the Kent restaurant was opened just around the corner from Kent State University. Over the years, more EuroGyro’s were created, throughout the area. The Akron location has seen re-investments in design and structure – today boasting a new 2-story 5000 sq. ft. building (since 2012) featuring 2 bars, and a rear patio.

“I am proud to be a small business owner, and look forward to working with and serving the communities of Ohio in the many years to come.”- George Istocki

The EuroGyro Brand

The EuroGyro brand is owned and operated by the Istocki family. Individual location ownership is split between corporate locations and franchisees that have seen the success of our business and decided to ride the EuroGyro train of success.

A long history of tactical restaurant management that has enabled low prices and great flavor combinations has provided success for generations.