Kanella's original space at 10th and Spruce Streets - vacant for more than a year after chef/owner Konstantinos Pitsillides moved his Cypriot fare to plusher quarters in Queen Village - will be reopening as a more casual iteration.

He and wife Caroline Christian are calling it Kanella Grill, and it will be a kebab house when it comes back in July. It will be BYOB, as was the previous restaurant.

"Very simple, traditional, with homemade gyro," Christian told me. They will serve Cyprus-style pita, and are trying to source gluten-free pita, as well.

Sous chef Dominic Santora will head Kanella Grill's kitchen, and Kanella/Vetri alum Michael Dejoseph will handle the front of the house.

When Pitsillides closed Kanella in May 2015, he had considered a kebab-house concept as he also tried to lease the storefront, in a prime spot in Washington Square West. Why wait so long to reopen? "Confusion and madness," Christian said with a laugh.

From its opening in Wash West in early 2008, Kanella racked up plenty of distinctions, including a rave "$1 million review" last year from English critic Giles Coren, who described Pitsillides as "a shine-headed, nut-brown, heavily-built hunk of Cypriot man, with forearms like legs of mutton and a blue-eyed stare that could freeze nitrogen."

Meanwhile, Kanella South, a LaBan three-beller and the critic's best new restaurant of 2015, is rolling along on Front Street in Queen Village.

The news, posted as a note on the Kanella window, was first noted earlier Saturday on Billy Penn.