October 16, 2017
Kairos Greek Kitchen inks deal for Lewis Plaza
UPSTATE BUSINESS JOURNAL
By: Ariel Turner
The newly launched Mount Pleasant fast casual restaurant Kairos Greek Kitchen has signed a lease for 1800-A Augusta St., Greenville, in Lewis Plaza anchored by the new Harris Teeter.
Owner Cary Chastain, who also owns 12 Moe’s Southwest Grills in Charleston and Asheville, says he hopes to have what will be the second Kairos location open by March 15. Cary says he is currently scouting hard for two more locations in Greenville.
Last week, the Mount Pleasant Kairos received an enthusiastic review from the Charleston City Paper.
“Lewis Plaza is extremely excited to introduce Kairos Greek Kitchen to the Upstate, bringing a fresh, new concept that will complement the Augusta Road neighborhoods, and become a great addition to the redeveloped shopping center,” says Paul Holder, vice president, AVTEX Commercial Properties Inc.
Pete Brett and David Sigmon with Coldwell Banker Commercial Caine represented the landlord Lewis Plaza Partners. Bill Runge with Collett represented the tenant.
The 2,500-square-foot restaurant will feature counter service with seating for 70 between the common areas, countertops, banquettes, and booths.
The menu is simple: choose a base, protein, spreads, and add-ons. Those options include building a salad, bowl with basmati rice, or pita with falafel, lamb (roasted for eight hours), meatballs, and chicken. Spreads include hummus, red pepper feta, baba ghanoush, tzatziki, and harissa. Cary says everything is made in-house.
Kairos opened in May in Mount Pleasant with chef John Ondo, former chef-owner of Italian restaurant Lana, as operating partner. Cary says he will be bringing on a local operating partner for Greenville.
Kairos was three years in the making, and the plan all along has been to expand quickly in the Southeast. Lewis Plaza was the right fit for the second location, Cary says.
“We loved the rejuvenation that’s going on with the shopping center and the new anchor and their new model and being a part of that,” Cary says.
Cary says the restaurant appeals to family and kids, especially those who love handmade meatballs.
“We knew it had all the right attributes, with the visibility, the traffic, and the demographics,” Cary says.