First Look: Stewart Penick’s Terrace restaurant opens May 22 in the West End

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Terrace's main dining room seats 200 guests | photography by Will Crooks

Almost 40 bourbons, exactly 40 craft brews, and a 35-foot custom quartz bar in the new Greenville Terrace are a clear indication the Charlotte-based restaurant known for its extensive brunch offerings is poised to take on the dinner crowd too.

Opening May 22 at 654 S. Main St., Terrace will still have the same brunch-heavy menu as its two Charlotte-area locations, with guest favorites such as the red velvet waffles and fried chicken, shrimp and grits, and poppy seed French toast. But owner Stewart Penick says he hopes Terrace will become a dinner destination as well.

Penick’s dinner favorites are the parmesan and horseradish crusted veal chop and the bourbon-braised short ribs, which he says are cut specifically for Terrace to be low in fat.

General manager Douglas Stevens says Terrace is joining the ranks of many other Greenville restaurants that are sourcing as much of their produce as possible from local farms.

SLIDESHOW: Terrace

Next to Rick Erwin’s West End Grille, the building Terrace now occupies was formerly the Furman University lunch building, built between 1915-1920. Penick says he is glad to return the space to its roots, serving the community and providing Southern favorites with a twist.

“You don’t make a lot of money in the restaurant business,” Penick says. “The greatest joy I get out of it is, you get a lot of people who come up to you and say ‘I just love this.’”

The entrance is flanked by moveable windows that, when open, create two outdoor dining areas. The regular dining room seats 200 with roomy booths and four-top tables, and a private dining room at the back can seat up to 50, as well as be divided by a soundproof curtain into two smaller spaces.

In the entranceway, Terrace’s signature wire metal tree stands 9 feet tall with a diameter of 10 feet. Each of the restaurants has a metal tree at the entrance, and this is the largest.

Terrace is holding a soft opening May 19-21 with breakfast and lunch served 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and dinner served 6-8 p.m.

Regular hours, beginning May 22, are Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-midnight and Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

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