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Famous Toastery owners have a Greer flavor

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Friday, June 16, 2017

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Cindy and Pete Stone will open Famous Toastery at Poinsett Plaza next month.
 
 

Jim Fair

Cindy and Pete Stone will open Famous Toastery at Poinsett Plaza next month.

 

 



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Famous Toastery's location, 104 South Main Street in Greenville, couldn't be more advantageous for new owners.
 

Jim Fair

Famous Toastery's location, 104 South Main Street in Greenville, couldn't be more advantageous for new owners.

 



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• Jobs: Famous Toastery is hiring part-time and fulltime staff. Email famoustoasterygvl@charter.net.
 

• Jobs: Famous Toastery is hiring part-time and fulltime staff. Email [email protected].

 

It didn’t take Peter Stone to understand what he has been teaching business students for more than 25 years – it’s all about location, location, location.

Stone and his wife, Cindy, are opening Famous Toastery in downtown Greenville at the Poinsett Plaza. It is tentatively scheduled to open in mid-July. The Stones are long-time Greer residents.

“I know, right,” Peter said as he laughed showing the restaurant’s location that features a high volume of walking traffic surrounded by hotels and the Peace Center. “We have half the lobby and half the patio for our customers,” Stone said.

Peter, a professor of business at Spartanburg Community College, and Cindy, a retired teacher at Northwood Middle School, are owners of a fast-paced restaurant industry franchise featuring a breakfast and lunch menu. Famous Toastery will be open 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

A bar will offer beer and wine and traditional brunch drinks like Mimosas and Bloody Mary. Freshly-squeezed orange juice will be offered daily.

“I think more people are going toward healthier food. We serve cage-free eggs and offer a gluten free menu,” Cindy said. “And a lot of people like to get breakfast at different times of the day.”

A private dining area is available for groups and a Grab and Go selection for those in a hurry or for picnics. “Falls Park is the perfect place for a couple or family to take a Grab and Go selection with them,” Pete said.

The company also offers catering.

The location wasn’t by happenstance, Pete said. “Phil Hughes, owner of the building, had eaten at a Famous Toastery and asked corporate to put one in his building. Corporate did and along came the Stones.

Pete is not a stranger to the restaurant business. He was one of a group of Spartan Foods employees/owners during its heyday. Jerry Richardson, owner of the Panthers and founder of Spartan Foods, created a team that still has pockets of owners in other restaurants in the Upstate and throughout the Southeast.

Retirement wasn’t an option Cindy considered when she left education. “I wanted something new and different,” Cindy said. “I like be able to get involved with community and the restaurant will allow us to give back to some of their causes.”

Another attraction was the hours. “Our back of the house can routinely be out by 3-4 p.m. and servers by 4:30 p.m.,” Cindy said. “Single moms and mothers with children find our hours an attractive option.”

Cindy already found a return in her teaching when a former student was one of the first hires.

Famous Toastery was founded in Huntersville, N.C., in a small house-turned-restaurant.

• Jobs: Famous Toastery is hiring part-time and fulltime staff. Email [email protected].

 

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