Griechenbeisel Restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants in Vienna. Situated next to the Greek Orthodox Church in the Griechengasse/Fleischmarkt.
The construction of this narrow street in the 1100s was representative of the almost desperate need for expansion away from the city's earlier perimeter, which more or less followed the ancient configuration of the Roman settlement of Vindobona. Griechengasse's name comes from the 18th-century influx of Greek merchants, precursor of the waves of immigrants flooding into modern Vienna from eastern Europe and the Middle East today.
The walls of a Greek Orthodox church rise adjacent to the Griechenbeisl. It was embellished in 1858 by Theophil Hansen, the Danish-born architect of many of the grand buildings of the Ringstrasse.
A tip of the hat to my greek friend Tassos