Throw some craft beer into the mix, and you have a very inviting, low-key destination that works for just about everybody. On Wednesday nights, toss in live acoustic performances, and it’s totally copacetic. Last week, it was Matt Cookman bringing the tunes.
The restaurant’s familiar to many because it's been around forever. The building dates originally to 1928, and was known as the Red Brick Inn. Former owners Gus and Maritsa Karas made their mark with fried chicken. Look around, and you’ll see plenty of the history of the place, including the reupholstered counter stools in the front lobby. The Red Brick Inn purchased them from an ice cream parlor. Photographs tell a lot of the story, displayed on the walls.
“There’s a lot of history in the building,” said Sexton.
The atmosphere is casual and unadorned, but open and pleasant. Red-and-white checkered oilcloth brightens the tables under glass tops. Faux wood paneling covers the walls. Wide windows range around the room.
The wait staff treats customers with a familiar warmth, almost like family. Amanda Catron has been serving up customers at Greek’s for about a year.
“I love the people and I love the customers,” explained Catron with an engaging smile.
The Rahr family of Pendleton was among those recent customers. Dad and mom, Jason and Kelly, along with Gavin, 5, and Anna, 8, enjoyed games, music, and, of course, pizza.
“I think it’s great,” said Jason. “I’m really happy they have games for the kids.” Indeed, the entire family was happily immersed in some serious Barrel Full of Monkeys until the chicken bacon ranch pizza showed up.
Family and Friends
Although Greek’s was in Anderson under other ownership since 2009, the franchise opened up at its new location in February 2012. It’s the collaboration of two friends, Jeremy Stow and Clay Sexton.