Evanston restaurant gets reprieve thanks to fundraiser, landlord: 'We are family'

Evanston restaurant
Erika Castro and Pablo Sanchez, owners of Gyros Planet Photo credit Go Fund Me

An Evanston restaurant was just hours away from shutting down for good, but now the owners say they’re going to survive with help from friends and neighbors.

Gyros Planet in Evanston has lost 75% of its business during the pandemic because Evanston Township High School closed and there were no students coming in.

Owners Erika Castro and her husband decided to make the best of things, for other people in town.

“Some people were struggling, and we said, this is the time to do something for the community.  We did it with our savings, and we started serving the community,” she said.

“We served the community for nine months, and we gave more than 25,000 meals, free meals to the community.”

But finally they decided, they couldn’t keep the restaurant open. They were about to close this weekend until supporters raised tens of thousands of dollars for them through a Go Fund Me effort.

By then, however, their landlord had already leased the place out.

Now, Castro said she received a call from her landlord with some welcome words.

“‘I want you to stay because we are family.’ That is what he said to me.”