Fittingly named for their downtown street address, 701 Main Restaurant and Bar is celebrating a successful first year with a Union County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony on November 8th. A family-owned and -friendly restaurant, 701 Main specializes in American food with Greek influences, courtesy of owners and Greek-born Tom Hantzos, along with his wife, Georgia, daughters Kathy, Maria and Angie, and his sons-in-law, Jimmy Leris and Giannis Faropoulos.
“There’s such a strong presence of community and family here in Waxhaw,” emphasized Maria. “That helps us blend in and also, make it so rewarding!”
Tom has been living in the Charlotte area for the last 40 years, so he’s no stranger to the market. And when a friend of his gave him a tour of what is now 701 Main, he fell in love with both the space and Waxhaw itself.
With a spacious dining area, plus private rooms for special events, not to mention an ample bar space, it’s a popular pick for the upcoming holiday party season. The owners will work with the event’s host to customize the menu, be it a set plate for all guests or a sampling of pre-selected options.
Serving mostly American fare, each menu category is sprinkled with those Greek flavors of oregano, thyme, olive oil, and many more! Their biggest seller is the 701 Main Burger, featuring 8 oz. of premium angus beef blend of chuck brisket and short rib topped with a cheese of choice. And on Mondays, it’s available, on special, for $7.00. Additionally, their filet kabobs and chicken breast plate are popular, as are their assortment of pasta dishes. Particularly mouth-watering is their Saganaki appetizer, which is a pan-seared and lightly crusted block of cheese! They offer daily specials from entrees to sandwiches to soups, including alternating signature favorites like the French Dip and Reuben.
A particular perk for the local community from this new business is its hours, which operate every single day, serving up breakfast on the weekends and slightly extended hours into the evening.
With the whole family involved in every aspect of the business, from the ownership to the kitchen to the hostess desk, the owners are continually working hard to create a nice dining experience.
Maria adds, “We have such a strong family presence, and that’s what we want to portray with employees and guests. We really want everyone to feel right at home!”