Paddy’s Pour House opened this month in the Shops on the Green shopping center, offering upscale pub food in a friendly atmosphere. Owner Tim Flynn recently moved to Cornelius from New York and aims to make Paddy’s a neighborhood pub where everyone knows your name, he said. Meanwhile, Big Bite’z Grill continues to draw crowds after 10 years in business, showing that small, family-owned businesses can survive – and thrive. Read below for details.
PADDY’S POUR HOUSE OFFERS ‘UPSCALE PUB GRUB’
Paddy’s Pour House had a “soft opening” this month in Shops on the Green, offering upscale pub food in a warm, friendly atmosphere.“We cater to our neighbors,” owner Tim Flynn said. He wants to create an atmosphere with a “Cheers vibe,” where neighbors are regulars and the staff knows their names, he said.
Mr. Flynn recently moved to Cornelius from New York, where he has owned several bars and restaurants over the years. His decision to move was an easy one, he said, driven by two primary factors: warm weather and nice people.
After visiting a few times, in October, Mr. Flynn leased the space formerly occupied by Marrakesh, a Moroccan/Mediteranean restaurant that closed in August after about a week. Mr. Flynn made some significant renovations in the space, all with an eye towards creating a “warm, comfortable space” for neighbors to enjoy. The pub includes an outdoor seating area with a projector, and a large room available for private parties.
A disabled veteran, Mr. Flynn, 43, first started cooking in the Navy in the late 1980s. He is self-taught in the kitchen, and though he no longer spends his nights behind the stove, he still trains his chefs. On Wednesday, he taught them how to make his pulled pork barbecue – sure to be a favorite, even if it is made by a yankee.
“We make sure no one leaves here hungry,” Mr. Flynn said, and he does that by offering quality food at affordable prices, like a 1/2-pound angus burger for $7.50, and entrees like “upscale” shepherd’s pie, mac & cheese, steaks and seafood, most for $15 or less. He also offers a wide range of “pub grub” favorites, like extra large chicken wings, quesadillas, nachos, and deli sandwiches – including the monstrous “New Yorker,” that reminds him of home.
In addition to the menu items and food specials, Paddy’s offers daily beer specials and often will pass around food samples – like barbecue sliders – to neighbors at the bar. It’s all part of learning what people like and what items they might like to see added to the menu, Mr. Flynn explained.
Paddy’s is open with a limited menu this month, and plans to add items to it before the pub’s grand opening celebration in early February.
Mon. – Thurs., 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Fri., Sat., 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Sun., noon til…
20930 Torrence Chapel Road, in Shops on the Green
BIG BITE’Z DOING BIG BIZ
After 10 years in its Cornelius location, Big Bite’z Grill continues to thrive. Its lunchtime line extends out the door in the Liverpool Parkway shopping center.
“It’s hard to find good help these days,” owner John Zaravelis says, loud enough for his sons Sammy and Dimitri, who work in the restaurant with him, to hear the joke. A true family restaurant, the Zaravelises trade quips with each other and with their regulars, treating them like extended family members.
John and his wife, Helen, moved to North Carolina from Greece in 1975, and live in South Charlotte. Their family-owned business brings in more than $500,000 a year in Cornelius, Mr. Zaravelis said, and they opened a second location in Mooresville a few years ago, that Mrs. Zaravelis runs. Mr. Zaravelis’ sister also would like to open a Charlotte location, he said.
Big Bite’z serves lunch and dinner and its menu includes Greek classics, like gyros and pitas, as well as American staples like burgers and hotdogs, all for about $6 or less.
Mon. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
20430 West Catawba Ave.