Gwen Fowler



Restaurant growth is booming in Greenville

Posted 7/29/2013 4:31:00 PM

So many new restaurants have sprung up in Greenville recently that it’s been hard to keep track.

Thanks to VisitGreenvilleSC and Taryn Scher of TK Public Relations for helping me come up with these highlights:

* Rick’s Deli and Market opened in late February, the third restaurant in the Rick Erwin Dining Group. Erwin also owns Rick Erwin’s West End Grille and Rick Erwin’s Nantucket Seafood. He also was named 2013 Restaurateur of the Year by the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association earlier this year. Michelin star chef Emmanuel Hodencq is executive chef at Rick's Deli and Market. Hodencq and his wife, Viviane, owned Emmanuel Hodencq in Clermont Ferrand in France, which held a Michelin Guide star rating for 12 years, until they closed the restaurant to move to Greenville.

* Executive chef Anthony Gray of Coal Fired Bistro opened a new place, Bacon Brothers Public House, in late May. He was formerly executive chef of High Cotton in Charleston and Greenville. The focus at Bacon Brothers is on pasture-raised meats from South Carolina farms, smoked with peach wood.

* Tupelo Honey, one of the most popular restaurants in Asheville, N.C., opened in Greenville in June. It’s known for Southern food with some creative touches, such as goat cheese grits and Southern fried chicken Saltimbocca.

* Sip, Greenville’s first rooftop wine bar, opened in late April. Owner Jason Fletcher also owns The Green Room and Ford’s Oyster House and Cajun Kitchen. The bar, which overlooks Main Street, offers more than 40 wines by the glass.

* Rare Steakhouse on the Piazza opened in early March and specializes in steaks and chops.

* Gringos opened May 1 and serves Mexican food in a spot filled with lots of cool art.

* The Table 301 restaurant group that owns The Lazy GoatSoby’s, Soby’s on the Side, Devereaux’s and Nose Dive has opened Passarelle Bistro in Falls Park. The restaurant was formerly the Overlook Grill. Table 301 bought it in May 2012, ran it through the summer of 2012 and then closed it in December for a redo.

* Just opened this month is Chuy’s, a Tex-Mex restaurant.

That’s a lot of new restaurants for the first half of 2013, and I’ve likely missed a few. Greenville is a great spot to spend some time shopping and enjoying great food, and so many of the restaurants and shops are located on or just off of Main Street that you won’t have to spend a lot of time in your car.