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Village Kitchen Restaurant opens at Hartness

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Village Kitchen sources its food from its onsite farm and other local producers. (Rendering/Provided)Hartness, a new 444-acre urban village in Greenville’s Eastside off Highway 14, is opening the doors to what it calls “an elevated fast-casual dining experience” in the Village Center.

Inside, bakers will use a stone hearth oven to serve up flatbreads and a farm-to-table menu under the tutelage of Executive Chef Tanner Marino alongside a curated selection of craft wines, beers, canned cocktails ands sparkling juices, according to a news release. 

Chicken and cornmeal waffles along with Red Clay hot honey, avocado toast on nine-grain bread with roma tomatoes and scallions and the fig and pig flatbread with goat cheese, prosciutto, brown turkey figs, red wine reduction and arugula are a few of the signature menu items.

Chicken and cornmeal waffles is one of The Village Kitchen's specialty dishes. (Photo/Provided)“We are thrilled to open our doors and invite everyone in to enjoy Chef Marino’s menu, as well as

Village Kitchen’s bright setting and warm hospitality,” Jonathan Brashier, general manager

of Village Kitchen and the forthcoming Hotel Hartness, said in the release. “Whether you are stopping by to grab a coffee and pastry to go, meet over a casual business lunch, have family dinner or spend an evening on our patio with a glass of wine, we are a destination for amazing food, memorable experiences and exceptional service.”

Marino sources from local and regional businesses, farms and purveyors whenever possible through partnerships with Methodical Coffee, Tyger River Smart Farm, Charleston Tea Garden, Swamp Rabbit Café & Grocery, Mission Grape Distributors and Red Clay. Seasonal produce from the Harness on-site farm also will be used.

“We are honored to work with so many incredible local and regional farms and purveyors,” Marino said in the release. “When guests visit Village Kitchen, they will be served the best possible ingredients in elevated yet approachable dishes.”

The kitchen will offer both indoor and outdoor seating. Design details include a bar lined with more than 100 vintage glass Tom’s bottles, referencing Tom Hartness’ acquisition of the Pepsi-Cola franchise in Greenville in 1940, and artwork by Matteo Miles, who was commissioned to create a mural that depicts the Hartness history of innovation and nods to the estate’s past.  Miles, a local artist, referenced old blueprints, patents and photographs and studied the family’s history of entrepreneurship and aviation, as well as the Hartness’ legacy in Greenville, according to the release.

The restaurant will be open Tuesday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Village Kitchen is located at 2000 Society St., Suite 100, Greenville.

Reach Molly Hulsey at 864-720-1223.

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