Welcome to our Terrace! I’m delighted you decided to join us today.
You know, when I was a boy of twelve, I started my own business mowing lawns. My dad, “Cotton” Penick, was a no-nonsense plant manager who believed in two things: hard work and church. I spent most of my waking hours earning a living—from growing Christmas trees and operating a flower/vegetable mail order seed business to founding and running my own agricultural chemical export company for 32 years. Since meal time was my only chance to relax, I’ve always associated good food with pleasure and “down time.” I loved the Southern cuisine I grew up on—biscuits and gravy, waffles with plenty of syrup, green beans with ham hocks and fried chicken with mashed potatoes and sausage gravy. And holidays meant surrounding ourselves with family and friends—and endless servings of mouthwatering dishes.
The Lord has been so good to me, and I’ve been blessed with a wonderful life’s companion who shares my love of good food. Cindy and I have enjoyed traveling together throughout this great country of ours and overseas, always adding to our knowledge of food. We learned to appreciate great cooking and to find ways to add a “twist” to our dishes. But we always came back to Southern cookin’. To us, it’s home. It’s the best there is.
Ten years ago Cindy and I decided to spend half the year in Charlotte. (We are originally from Boone, North Carolina.) Our talented nephew Jacob Penick was studying culinary arts at Johnston and Wales University, and I knew he wanted to run a restaurant. He and I shared the same love for dishes that offer both comfort and flavor, so we opened the Terrace in the South Park section of Charlotte. Lucky for us, folks responded, saying, “We just love your food!” They came to our place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We soon opened another location in the upscale Ballantyne area of Charlotte. And what do you know? That, too, turned into a place where people came again and again for good food and service with a smile.
We’re so excited to continue to expand the number of restaurants, soon to include locations in Greenville and Fort Mill SC and other exciting locations. Wherever we expand to, you can expect us to share our “Southern Cuisine with a Twist”. Feel free to consider Stewart Penick’s Terrace your home away from home, whether you’re in the mood for a bountiful breakfast, a savory lunch, or a downright amazing dinner. You’ll find “wow” dishes to delight you at every meal. So hang out in our Terrace, and we’ll see you again real soon.
-Stewart Penick, Founder and CEO