Gyro. How do youpronounce it? Personally, I've always pronounced it yee-row. The famous Albee of Albee's NY Gyros pronounces it phonetically: gyro.
But Albert "Albee" Brahimaj says it doesn't matter how you pronounce it: as long as you think Albee's NY Gyros are good, you're welcome to call it whatever you want.
Albee is a Brooklyn native but followed his mother and sisters to the West Coast. Eugene is not New York City, obviously, but besides the cultural and geographical differences, there was another problem.
"So I always wanted, I wanted a gyro when I moved here, you know, and I couldn't find any, anything that was good," Albee told me.
It was a gyro emergency! After opening a hot dog cart in downtown Eugene and feeding the hungry after-bar masses, Albee graduated to gyros. He now boasts two different Albee's NY Gyros locations, and is planning even more.
"I don't have any kids yet, so, when I have kids, I'm going to try to build something big, you know, by the end of this year I want to open up another store, so, you gotta dream big," Albee said.
Albee's NY Gyros
2260 West 18th. Eugene, OR
391 West 11th. Eugene, OR
Monday through Saturday, 11am-9pm
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