Main Street Grille Business Spotlight
Writer / Leigh Lawson . Photographer / James Eichelman
Greenwood’s Main Street Grille is becoming a favorite place to gather with friends for exceptional food and a relaxing environment. Local resident and experienced restaurateur Craig Spencer recently purchased the business at the corner of Main and Emerson. Craig is committed to gaining a strong reputation and making it a premier neighborhood destination, by providing gourmet food and frequently optimizing the offerings of local vendors for ingredients.
The chef developed the menu to be an upscale version of American pub cuisine. The food is delicious and the restaurant has already established a growing community of loyal patrons. From the appetizers like zesty Dragon Fingers and the spicy Kickin’ Shrimp to the main courses like the delectable tenderloin sandwich and the best hamburger to be found on the south side, the menu offers something for everyone. Spencer is also currently looking to expand the dessert menu with the collaboration of a local bakery.
In keeping with his local focus, Spencer is bringing artisan beers from nearby breweries. Sun King, Taxman and Scarlet Lane are just a few of the offerings. Planning is underway for beer-tasting events for connoisseurs and those who just enjoy something new. You will be able to find the dates on their Facebook page.
Jim Hummel is a true fan and regular at Main Street Grille. He enjoys the vast selection of beer and the friendly environment, and calls it, “The Cheers of Greenwood.” On the next bar stool, Stan Moore shares that he loves the food and the smoke-free atmosphere and appreciates being able to come to eat, watch a game on one of the many televisions, including one with a 70-inch screen, and not leaving with the smell of smoke. Both men give high praise for their new favorite place to dine and relax.
While there is the pub atmosphere, Main Street Grille is also family friendly. Nicole Freese and Leslie Rickard enjoyed their meals while Freese’s young daughters delighted in having grilled cheese sandwiches. Freese expressed her appreciation of the variety of choices for her daughters. Both women are residents outside of the Greenwood area and felt that the food is definitely worth the drive. They aren’t the only ones that are making the drive. It is drawing fans from Mooresville, Franklin and other surrounding communities.
Spencer is proud of the changes and the growth of Main Street Grille. When asked what is highest on the list of which he is proud he answers without hesitation that it is his staff. They embraced Spencer and his family when they purchased the establishment in October 2014. They are hardworking and committed to providing a high standard of customer service. They have made the transition of ownership and all of the success possible. It truly feels like the ideal family establishment.