Opening of a sister Greek cafe in the Plaza Midwood in Charlotte



Sister, an all-day, European-inspired cafe, will replace Kiki Bistro when it opens Jan. 28 at 1500 A Central Ave. in Charlotte.


Plaza Midwood gets a new breakfast, lunch and dinner spot from longtime neighborhood restaurateurs.

Sister, an all-day, European-inspired cafe, will replace Kiki Bistro when it opens Jan. 28 at 1500 A Central Ave., according to a company press release Wednesday.

Sister is the latest concept from Kiki and famous Soul Gastrolounge owners, Andy and Lesa Kastanas. The Kastanas said they frequently receive requests for lunch at their restaurants, especially as the pandemic has shifted to more people working from home and more families continue to move into the area. piece.

“Seeing the changes happening in this neighborhood and the influx of newcomers, we think it’s a good time to expand,” Kastanas said.

Sister will serve Greek and Eastern Mediterranean dishes that were on the menu at Kiki, which opened less than three years ago, and favorites at Soul, which opened 13 years ago.

Andy and Lesa Kastanas will be opening Sister at their former Kiki Bistro location in Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood. The Kastanas also own the Soul Gastrolounge. Alex Casson Archive photo by CharlotteFive

On the menu

The sister will serve breakfast bowls, coffee and matcha, a type of green tea.

Greek pastries including handmade phyllo spanakopita, tyropita, hamopita, bougatsa, peinirli (pastrami, cheese and egg pizza boat), croissants, baklava, kok (mini round eclairs), sokolatina (cream cakes with chocolate), Mille Feuille (napoleon with almonds) and muffins.

The lunch menu will include salads, small plates and a special casserole of Greek dishes, including moussaka and spanakopita, served with a Greek salad for $12.

Soul favorites such as Asian glazed pork belly tacos, fried Brussels sprouts and anchovy fries will also be on the lunch menu.

Former Kiki menu items will include gyros, souvlaki, vegan pastichio and pop-lies and trik-fil-a sandwiches.

Soul Executive Chef Jay Pound and Beverage Manager Kelly Minton will lead Sister.

Plans are to launch brunch in late spring, Kastanas said.

What to expect

The 3,000 square foot restaurant includes the rooftop terrace and the Tattoo Liquor Lounge, which will remain open.

Sister will have live DJs on the weekends and house music from Scott Weaver and Jason Herring.

“Plaza Midwood is so walkable, and there are lots of families looking for a locally owned place to grab a cup of coffee and a bite to eat,” said Alex Holladay, Kastanas’ daughter and business manager.

Initial hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; and 9am-10pm Friday and Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

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Catherine Muccigrosso is a retail journalist for The Charlotte Observer. An award-winning journalist, she has worked for several newspapers and McClatchy for over a decade.


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