Gro, a new Greek restaurant serving food in a Chipotle-like way, has opened in Matthews.
The store is in a shopping center at Weddington and McKee roads. It's the product of Nick Tzefos, Vaki Karampourniotis, Jimmy Clonaris and Bill Kortesis.
"We're four friends, all Creek Orthodox," said Karampourniotis. He said they grew up together, played sports and went to church as a group. They also have a background in the restaurant business - three of their parents own restaurants.
They stayed close as adults, and ended up deciding to open a restaurant serving healthy food they're familiar with.
"We grew up on Greek food," said Karampourniotis.
He said the focus is on healthy food. House-made pita and tzatziki sauce, lean meats and simple seasonings dominate the menu.
"You're going to feel full, but not where you want to take a nap after," said Karampourniotis. "Our proteins are lean meats, pork, beef, chicken breast, simply seasoned with seasonings and lemon juice."
Legacy Real Estate Advisors is representing them. Gro is looking for two or three more locations to open this year, said David Tschirhart of Legacy.