Tropical Grille, the popular fast-casual Cuban restaurant, has grown steadily since its first location debuted in 2010 on Pelham Road. That growth has now reached Mauldin, and their newest restaurant will open this summer at 108 N. Main Street.
Known for offering a healthy alternative to fast food, owner Lazaro Montoto brought Tropical Grille to the Upstate out of a love for home cooked Cuban meals and a lack of options in the Upstate. “My favorite part of this business has always been the people.” Montoto stated. “I genuinely enjoy the interaction we get to have with different people every day. We try to employ people that feel the same way.”
The Mauldin location will be Tropical Grille’s sixth and largest in the Upstate, and its first freestanding location. Featured will be patio seating and a drive-thru, a response to customer requests.
Adding to an already lengthy remodeling process is the preservation of the historic building Tropical Grille will occupy. The well-known structure once hosted the city’s first general store.
To preserve the unique exterior, Montoto has decided to keep the brick foundation in order to preserve a piece of local history that displays his commitment to the community. “It’s been a lengthy build out…our contractors have had to remove brick-by-brick and then reuse each brick to keep the historic value.”
The interior will be remodeled to add a kitchen and seating area. The former occupants, All Occasion Celebrations, renovated the building in 2010.
Tropical Grille’s menu has something for even the choosiest palate. The Cuban Chop consists of chopped chicken breast served with rice and black beans, plus your choice of sauce (a crowd favorite is the curry sauce). Other favorites are the Cuban Roasted Pork Chop, Chicken Fresco Chop, and the Chicken Caesar Wrap. No meal at Tropical Grille is complete without the Baked Sweet Plantains on the side.
Tropical Grille uses free-range chicken free of hormones and antibiotics, and buys locally. They also feature vegetarian options. Check out their full menu at http://tropicalgrille.net/menu/.
Tropical Grille currently has 4 open locations and 2 slated to open soon:
- Pelham Road, 215 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC 29615, (864) 271-3010
- Woodruff Road, 1941 E Woodruff Road, Greenville, SC 29607, (864) 558-0107
- Highway 14, 3093 SC-14, Greer, SC 29650, (864) 297-3053
- Easley, 225 Rolling Hills Circle, Easley, SC 29642, (864) 810-3828
- COMING SOON: Mauldin, 108 N. Main Street, Mauldin, SC 29662
- COMING SOON: Downtown Greenville, 21 S. Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601 (Former Pita Pit location)
Visit Tropical Grille online to learn more.