Nearly 20 years ago, Ryan Kranis's parents ran a restaurant called The Little Greek off East Tanque Verde Road near the Pima County Sheriff's substation.

It did good business, but his parents divorced and the restaurant closed.

Now, The Little Greek is back.

The latest incarnation opened earlier this month in El Dorado Village near Trader Joe's, 1101 N. Wilmot Road. The eatery serves traditional Greek recipes, just like Ryan's dad John learned from his parents.

"We're a very family-oriented restaurant," said Ryan, who's part owner and the restaurant's senior manager.

The kids and stepkids pitch in, and John Kranis cooks while his wife Amy makes the baklava and galaktoboureko, which is essentially the Greek version of flan drizzled with orange honey.

"A lot of Greek restaurants don't make it because it's kind of a pain," Ryan said.

One of The Little Greek's specialties is lamb shanks, which are marinated for several hours in a tomato sauce with vegetables.

"The lamb falls right off the bone," Ryan said. "That's what I've gotten the most compliments on."

The restaurant's hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant is closed Sundays.

For now the restaurant is only accepting cash or checks. There is an ATM nearby.

For more information, call 298-4735 or visit The Little Greek also has a Facebook page.

Kristen Cook