Market section offers North Main community new shopping option
photos provided by Leland Outz
Two Chefs Café and Market co-owner Judy Balsizer wanted her new 7,000-square-foot space on the street level of the Main + Stone development to feel like a country house.
A wall of floor-to-ceiling windows runs the restaurant’s length. The open dining room and natural color palette are complemented by a custom wooden bar-height community table made by the Upstate Wood Shop in Mauldin, a wall of horizontal wood slats of varying lengths and widths and fresh flowers on every table.
Pallet wood art of a Palmetto tree by Greenville artist Jimbo Chapman is displayed in the front of the market, and The Sacred Geometry Paintings of Gary Devore of Asheville are displayed in the back.
The restaurant officially opened Sept. 7 amid continued exterior construction on the $20 million mixed-use development on the corner of North Main Street and East Stone Avenue.
The new restaurant is divided into two sections. The market, on the right side, features premade specialty products, such as barbeque sauces, peanut butter and soup mixes, sourced only from the South, in addition to wine, craft beer, locally made dog treats and refrigerated case with grab-and-go items packaged in the kitchen for those who want to avoid waiting in the cafe. The market is a service Balsizer wanted to offer to the North Main community because of its current limited grocery shopping options.
The left side, the café, has a walk-up counter and 74-seat dining room and still offers menu items from the former Two Chefs location in Poinsett Plaza – house-made soups, salads and sandwiches – with a few additions, such as a regionally sourced charcuterie and cheese plate ($10) and a black bean veggie burger topped with applewood smoked cheddar, micro greens and guacamole and served with sweet potato fries made in North Carolina ($11).
The market opens at 7:30 a.m. on weekdays, 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays, and remains open during the café’s daily afternoon 3-5 p.m. closure between lunch and dinner service. The café is open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.