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Restaurant roundup: From ‘Scoundrel’ to ‘Bricktop’s’… foodies have a lot to look forward to.

Greenville’s growing culinary scene is showing no signs of slowing down. Since the start of 2022, a handful of new restaurants have opened their doors, with more announcing plans to open in the coming year.

Here’s a rundown of some of the new eateries to keep your eye on.

Scoundrel

opening in the fall

18 N. Main St.

The upcoming French concept from acclaimed chef Joe Cash aims to deliver “a menu of just bangers” to downtown Greenville. Cash, a Greenville native who spent years working for some of the best restaurants in the world, recently returned to the Upstate from New York City. The chef said he aims to deliver a restaurant with a steakhouse vibe and a menu of classic French dishes with a focus on impeccable technique and presentation.

BrickTop’s

Opening TBD

1 N. Main St.

The latest location in this American chain of restaurants will take over the former Brooks Brothers location in downtown Greenville, with plans for outdoor seating, an entirely new building facade and a fully renovated interior. With a menu that ranges from chicken salad to oysters Rockefeller to prime rib, the new eatery will cater to a broad array of tastes. Early plans have been submitted to the city’s Design Review Board for approval, with an opening date yet to be announced.

Feed and Seed at Judson Mill

Feed and Seed opening in Judson Mill

Now open

701 Easley Bridge Rd.

The local and regional food hub has opened its doors inside the Warehouse at the Judson Mill development. The nonprofit food aggregation and distribution center will serve food relief organizations, schools, institutions and local residents with healthy, affordable food. But Feed and Seed also doubles as a cafe and marketplace, which operates out of the front of the building, with a menu of breakfast and lunch plates made from locally-sourced ingredients.

The Bellwether

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Logo courtesy The Bellwether/Greenville Drive

OpeningSeptember

941 S. Main St.

The new concept from the culinary minds behind Urban Wren and the Greenville Drive will bring an “elevated but unpretentious” eatery to the spot formerly occupied by Liberty Tap Room. With an opening date set for this September, the restaurant will offer a new take on comfort food in a casual setting, according to the Greenville Drive’s communications team. For now, Urban Wren’s Nick Lincoln and executive chef Taylor Montgomery, together with McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture and Creative Builders General Contractor are working together to refit the 8,000-square-foot space.

Keipi

Now open

1320 Hampton Ave. Extension (Hampton Station)

Modeled and named after the kepi, the Georgian style of a dinner party — Georgia being the Eastern European nation, not the American state — the restaurant offers authentic Georgian cuisine in a communal setting. One of the most popular Georgian dishes with Americans is khachapuri, a dish likened to pizza or cheese bread. However, the bread is shaped like a boat and often topped with eggs, cheese, and chives or parsley. With plenty of small plates and traditional entree (lamb and pomegranate being a favorite), the restaurant is a great way to expand the culinary horizons of those, especially as global events have drawn the world’s attention to Eastern Europe.

sofrito

Opening in June or July

1021 S. Main St.

The popular Latin restaurant and bar is opening its second location in downtown Greenville’s West End. The family-run restaurant from married couple Hector and Ana Batista highlights authentic Latin dishes, from seafood ceviche to steak boards to fried plantains and more. With a mixture of land and sea dishes, the restaurant will be open for lunch, dinner and brunch.

Viva Chicken

Now open

3622 Pelham Rd.

The fast-casual Peruvian chicken joint Viva Chicken opened its second location on Pelham Road. With a menu that specializes in charcoal-fire-roasted chicken — otherwise known as Polla a la Brasa — the restaurant styles itself as a street food stand turned brick-and-mortar. Viva Chicken also offers salads, soup, taco bowls and a wide range of sides, including french fries, fresh fruit, plantains, green beans, yuca, white rice and sweet potato fries, to name just a few.

Greektown Express

Now open

823 Laurens Rd. (Holland Park)

The grab-and-go concept from the family behind Greektown Grille brings classic Greek street food to the Holland Park development, just beside Double Stamp Brewery and Home Team BBQ. The menu should be familiar to patrons of Greektown Grille, with appetizers, salads, sandwiches, gyros and more, as well as classic Greek desserts like baklava. Available for in-person dining, pickup and delivery, the restaurant also offers Greek beer and wine, which can be drunk anywhere inside the Holland Park development.

Blue Moon Winery

A mockup of the covered patio. Provided by Blue Moon Specialty Foods.

Opening this fall

220 E. Daniel Morgan Ave.

Blue Moon Specialty Foods is opening a second location in downtown Spartanburg in the former Motte & Sons Bootlegging Co. distillery location. Blue Moon Winery is planned as “your friendly neighborhood grocery store,” according to Blue Moon co-owner Molly Cashman. The 2,000-square-foot retail portion of space will offer fresh produce, cheese, meat, craft beer, a wine cellar, and pantry and other household items, along with a salad bar, coffee bar, ice cream shop and even a build- your-own charcuterie bar.

Servus VR Bar

Now open

928 S. Main St.

The entertainment spot that gives customers arena-based virtual reality, racing simulators, VR escape rooms and more has opened a full-service restaurant and bar in its space, ideal for groups and date nights — as well as giving parents a spot unwind while their kids battle it out in the area of ​​virtual reality. The menu focuses on comfort food, with shareable like Mac n cheese bites, corndog bites, garlic bread, pizza and egg rolls, while entrees include pulled pork, wings, German sausage and more, along with a wide beer selection.

Lewis BBQ

Lewis BBQ rendering
Renderings by LMG Architects

Opening June

214 Rutherford St.

Taking over the old Tommy’s Ham House location, Lewis Barbecue will bring famed pit master John Lewis’ Texas-style ‘cue to Greenville. Lewis said a casual, quick-paced philosophy is core to Lewis Barbecue. Diners simply walk up to the front counter, where multiple meat cutting stations are in use at one time. There, all the slow-smoked meats are on display: prime beef brisket, pulled pork, pork spare ribs, turkey breast and Texas hot guts (aka house-made sausage). As with a butcher shop counter, diners choose their style of meat, and the meat station worker slices or chops up as much as one wants, weighs it and hands it over to the diner on a tray covered with a sheet of butcher paper. Lewis, who was part of the original team that opened Franklin’s BBQ in Austin, Texas, said the Greenville location will be “the second and also the last Lewis Barbecue” he’ll ever open.

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