Shop Talk

By Kristy Crawford and Bethany E. Starin

Atlantic Grille Offers Pizza, Outdoor Dining

While Atlantic Grille is not new to Urbana, its managing owner, George Klisas, just moved around the corner into the Villages of Urbana (VOU). “We love it,” he said of the VOU. “There is a lot of development in the area, which is good for us and all the other small business as well.”

Klisas added that with the summertime rolling in, he is excited about two things at the Atlantic Grill: the pizza and the outdoor dining. The pizza recipe comes from Mama Lucia’s in Frederick, another restaurant his family owns.

“Residents kept asking us — ‘Why don’t you bring the pizza up here? It’s a great pizza.’” said Peter Kilsas, George’s father and founder of Atlantic Grille. “We started to sell the pizza on January 1 of this year. It is doing well.” Atlantic Grille offers three sizes of pizza, extra large, large and personal. George added that on Mondays, buy one extra large pizza and a second can be purchased for $5.

“The pizza is a New York Style. Our dough is excellent. It has thin crust on the bottom, and it is just a unique pizza,” Peter said. “We also make our own sauce, and we have the special cheese we use.” He adds that his favorite is the sausage and mushroom. George said that a lot of Greek pizzas are sold, which is a white pizza with olive oil and garlic, shredded mozzarella, feta, Greek olives, onions and spinach.

The Atlantic Grille is a family affair. George manages the restaurant. His sister, Natalie Klisas, does the accounting and media relations, and Peter, who founded the restaurant five years ago, is involved in big decisions. A year ago, the trio decided to buy Mama Lucia’s pizza in Frederick. George said that his father is Italian, which made Mama Lucia’s make even more sense, and the popular Greek pizza shows his mother’s influence; she was born in Greece.

The Atlantic Grille is also just one of a couple Urbana spots where you can grab a bite outside. They have five tables under a canopy draped with lights making it a fun place to enjoy a summertime dinner with a date or the family. Recently, the Atlantic Grille added booth seating inside. The staff is currently talking about adding delivery services this year for both pizza and their full menu. For more information, go to www.atlanticgrilleurbana.com.

Adult Care in Urbana

A new in-home healthcare service opened in Urbana. With offices located at 3538 Urbana Pike, next to Urbana Elementary School, Carrafa Care, LLC, is a caregiver service for adults. “We provide care for our patients as if they were our own,” said owner Gio Carrafa. “We are not defined by the misconceptions of common home-care companies; we foster love, warmth, compassion and patience.”

Carrafa has experience working for several agencies and hospitals but said she carried a concern with the poor quality of care. Carrafa decided to launch a facility in a home in historic Urbana. “I built my company on the main focus of giving clients the patient care I can and helping to lift the weight off of families’ shoulders.” Carrafa Care provides assistance with adult daily living needs, including companionship, errands and doctor visits plus meal preparation and light housekeeping. For more information, call 240.772.0058 or email carrafacare@gmail.com.

Club Z Offers In-Home Tutoring

Urbana residents just launched a new branch of Club Z, an in-home tutoring business, which recently opened in Frederick. According to owner Yan Manegan, “Tutoring is performed in the student’s home to provide a comfortable and non-competitive environment for learning.”

Manegan and her husband, Chris, are both licensed certified public accounts and live in Urbana with their daughter, Christine, a freshman at Urbana High School.

Offering flexible schedules for working parents and the convenience of not having to drive students to sessions, Club Z reaches students quickly and effectively, according to the Manegans. “We give individual attention,” said Yan, “to make each child comfortable, eager and confident about learning.”

Like the other 300 locally owned Club Z locations across the nation, the Frederick Club Z employs local state-certified teachers and degreed professionals with expertise in their teaching area. Students are matched with tutors based on their individual needs and personality and lessons follow the student’s school curriculum.

Each year, Club Z awards close to $25,000 in prizes to recognize students’ achievements and leadership abilities. For more information and to schedule a free session, call 301.200.1516 or visit www.clubztutoring.com/frederick.

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