Downtown has a brand new Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant in Parsley & Mint, the most recent idea of proprietor Paul Ryll. A self-made entrepreneur who served eight years within the Marine Corps, Ryll owns a number of companies and can be co-owner of Tipsy Taco Clemson.
Ryll says that whereas the thought to open his first impartial eatery had been brewing for a while, it was the pandemic that prompted him to make a transfer.“
Covid and the shutdown interval allowed me time to step again and produce collectively all the things I had realized from my Culinary Institute research, networking with business consultants, analysis, and the expertise of proudly owning a franchise,” says Ryll.
The identify Parsley & Mint was impressed partly by Ryll’s grandmother.
“No matter she made, even the only dish, was at all times served with a sprig of parsley,” he says. “It was her signature.”
Ryll places his mark on his new restaurant, which options Mediterranean-inspired dishes ready in-house with contemporary, regionally sourced components when obtainable.
“Mediterranean delicacies is at the moment the fasting rising section within the restaurant business,” he says. “It’s not a weight loss plan, however a life-style. Right here, the idea is easy – meals are wholesome, scrumptious, and handy.”
All menu gadgets, together with hummus, sauces, and eight signature dressings, are scratch-made, utilizing solely the freshest obtainable components to make sure a high-quality, flavor-focused expertise.
“Taste is the primary factor we concentrate on, so we put loads of effort into customizing our spices,” says Ryll. “And because of this, persons are typically stunned that wholesome components can style so good.”
Greater than 65 components can be found to craft your excellent Mediterranean meal. Construct your individual bowl, beginning with a base of tremendous greens, brown or white rice, or lavash. Then add a layer of flavorful protein like Mediterranean citrus rooster, lamb kofta, and falafel. From there, add extra deliciousness with toppings like roasted pink peppers, contemporary cucumbers, pickled pink onion, and cauliflower tabouli. The combos are limitless.
Past bowls, there’s additionally a choice of 5 chef-curated dishes.
Standouts embrace the favored Jaffa, which contains a beneficiant mixture of vibrant greens, falafel, roasted pink peppers, chickpeas, Israeli salad, and pickled cabbage. It’s topped with house-made roasted pink pepper hummus and served with a jalapeño cilantro French dressing.
Ryll says the Naxos is scorching and spicy and one other menu favourite. Grilled Mediterranean citrus rooster served over white rice and parsley, topped with feta cheese, roasted pink pepper hummus, harissa, Mediterranean slaw, and served with spicy garlic hummus and harissa dressing.
There’s additionally an assortment of contemporary cold-pressed juices and waters obtainable by way of a partnership with native Southern Pressed Juicery.
Take out, and dine-in choices can be found. However Ryll hopes company will hang around for some time.
“The inside is inviting by design,” Ryll says. “In contrast to different fast-casual ideas, we would like you to remain and benefit from the pleasant ambiance.”
An suave dwell plant wall within the entry results in a contemporary counter-service setting. Vibrant blue and white tiles accent the light-filled eating room, the place there’s loads of seating choices.
Ryll says plans are within the works to open extra areas within the Upstate, together with one at College Sq. close to Furman this summer time. Parsley & Mint is opened for lunch and dinner, seven days per week.
For more information, go to www.parsleyandmint.com.