This week’s Spartanburg Eats brings a new restaurant, new bites, and a new way to support local restaurant workers.
We went to the recently opened Green Olive Grill, highlighted some of the offerings from Ciclops Cyderi and Brewery’s new food menu, and learned about the new non-profit Hubitality, which launched earlier this month. -this.
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Green Olive Grill now open
Green Olive Grill (8690 Asheville Highway in Boiling Springs) is a new family-run Mediterranean restaurant, now open for dinner Monday through Saturday.
►Owners Mariam and Bill Akkary, who have been in the restaurant business for over 30 years, opened their latest business with their son-in-law Mazen Nanoua, who is also the owner of the business and chef of the restaurant.
► The family is excited to bring their made-from-scratch Mediterranean cuisine to Spartanburg County. The menu, which will be expanded soon, includes Italian and Mediterranean dishes, as well as American dishes.
“We traveled a lot, especially in Italy, so we took ideas from everywhere,” said Mariam Akkary.
► Some of their most popular dishes include their homemade hummus, falafels, kebabs and Amalfi chicken. They also have several vegetarian dishes, including their falafels, dolmas and several salads.
Akkary said they focus on using fresh ingredients, preparing their dishes from scratch and with love.
► Green Olive Grill offers catering service and plans to start serving homemade French pastries and baklava soon.
►The restaurant has a full bar and a banquet hall with projector that can be reserved for parties or business meetings.
► Green Olive Grill is open 4-9pm Monday-Thursday and 4-10pm Friday-Saturday. Questions about their services can be directed via email to [email protected]
Ciclops Cyderi and Brewery have the biggest menu ever
Holden McGinnis, pub manager at Ciclops Cyderi and Brewery (address), shares some favorites from their new menu.
► McGinnis said Ciclops Cyderi and Brewery has been offering pub-style food for six years, but this is their first full menu for daily service.
“We’ve always strived to be a place for everyone, and we wanted to convey that in our food as well,” he said. “We have tried to cover all possible dietary restrictions. All of our pizzas, you can order gluten-free. We have vegetables and fruit available as a side dish. You have at least two different vegetarian dishes at all times, and we have dishes vegan choices available.”
►The new menu consists of six entrees, four sandwiches, a plate of nachos to share and customizable flatbread pizzas. There are plenty of easy snack options, including Bavarian pretzels, a plate of fresh fruit and vegetables, and a charcuterie platter.
►Some of the most popular items include Ciclops cornbread, beer cheese rueben, and absurd chicken nachos, which are topped with beer cheese, barbecue chicken, chives, fried onions, barbecue sauce and parmesan cheese.
“In addition to that, we do regular specials. Right now we have Madman Pizza, which we’re competing for nationally. It’s a beer cheese pizza with fried peppers, chicken , three different cheeses, fried onions, and a Scotch Bonnet ranch to boot,” McGinnis said. “So definitely something a little different.”
Hubitality helps Spartanburg restaurant and hospitality workers
Hubitality, a nonprofit run by the Spartanburg Area Restaurant and Lodging Association, was launched this month and is helping hospitality workers in crisis.
► The idea of Hubitality began in 2019, as a way to solve the problems that a personal crisis can cause for players in the hospitality industry.
“There were already difficulties in the hospitality industry, and then of course the pandemic hit and that really exacerbated the problem,” said Crystal Pace, chair of Hubitality’s outreach committee and vice president of Spartanburg. Area Restaurant Lodging Association. “That inspired us to start this organization.”
► Any hospitality worker experiencing a personal crisis such as illness, injury, accident or death in their family can apply for one of Hubitality’s grants to help them make ends meet until let him be on his feet again. Grants are available up to $2,500.
► The nonprofit, operating under the umbrella of the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, has already surpassed its fundraising goal of $75,000. Local restaurants like Wade’s Restaurant, Delaney’s Irish Pub and Hub City Hospitality, Pinnacle Hospitality and other community partners donated to the cause.
►Help requests and donations can be made on Hubitality’s website, hubitality.org.
Samantha Swann covers food and restaurants in Spartanburg County. She is an alumnus of the University of South Carolina upstate and Greenville Technical College. Reach out to her with your burning restaurant questions, recipes and new evening specials at [email protected] or on Instagram at @sameatsspartanburg.