The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill to Open at Riverland Market this Valentine's Day

Authentic Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant to offer free food and prizes as part of weeklong grand opening celebration.

The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill to Open at Riverland Market this Valentine's DayCharleston, SC  (  The enticing, unforgettable flavors of the Mediterranean are coming to James Island. The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill®, an award-winning and rapidly expanding Mediterranean fast-casual concept, will open its first Charleston-area location at Riverland Market on Monday, February 14 at 1417 Folly Road – suite 410.

To commemorate the opening, the restaurant will host an Opa-Palooza Grand Opening Celebration from February 14-20. Festivities will include:

  • February 14: Receive a free dessert with the purchase of an entrée.
  • February 17: Charity fundraising event benefiting Charleston Animal Society, where 50 percent of net sales for the day will be donated to the nonprofit to aid in the prevention of animal cruelty.
  • February 18: The first 100 guests to dine at the restaurant will receive a free Gyro and a limited-edition Gyro Hero Comeback T-shirt, which grants the guest a free medium fountain drink every time they wear their exclusive Comeback T-shirt to the restaurant.
  • February 19-20: Guests who visit the restaurant can enter to win free Gyros for a year.

The award-winning menu features chef-inspired homegrown recipes and big bold flavors, like the fan-favorite traditional Gyro, as well as Lamb, Steak and Chicken Souvlaki platters. In addition, guests can enjoy four signature house-made dips featuring Hummus, Tzatziki, Melitzanosalata (eggplant dip) and Tirokafteri (spicy roasted red pepper) as well as made-to-order fresh Feta Fries. Guests can also indulge in must-have desserts like Baklava Ice Cream and Rice Pudding. The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill® offers a wide variety of customizable options, including a Classic Greek Salad with choice of Gyro Meat, Chicken Souvlaki, Salmon, or several other protein choices. Everything is prepared in-house with fresh ingredients that bring traditional flavors from recipes passed down generation after generation.

Drawn to The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill’s concept by its fresh, healthy appeal and driven by his passion for building new companies, Scott Willis, franchise owner for the Charleston location, plans to open four new locations with his family to bring nutritious dining options to the Charleston-area.

“We are excited to offer a contemporary take on authentic, Mediterranean favorites,” said Willis. “Everything is prepared fresh daily in our kitchen using family recipes, and we’re proud to bring healthy and satisfying alternatives to the community we call home.”

The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill® will serve lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily.  The restaurant will offer pick-up, delivery, and dine-in options, including indoor seating for 32 guests and patio seating for 16 guests.

About The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill®

The award-winning The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill® was co-founded in 2011 by two third-generation culinary trained restaurateurs with more than 30 years of experience in the food and hospitality business, Nick A. Della Penna and Trent Jones, who purchased The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill’s first location in Henderson, Nevada. After successfully opening two additional Las Vegas locations, Della Penna and Jones started franchising the concept with United Franchise Group and have seen ongoing success. For franchisee information, visit

About United Franchise Group

Led by CEO Ray Titus, United Franchise Group is home to an affiliated family of brands and consultants including Accurate Franchising, FranchiseMart, Fully Promoted, Network Lead Exchange, Preveer (formerly Resource Operations International), Signarama®, Transworld Business Advisors, Venture X®, and a food division featuring Jon Smith Subs, The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill®, and Graze Craze. With over three decades in the franchising industry and more than 1,600 franchisees throughout the world, United Franchise Group offers unprecedented leadership and solid business opportunities for entrepreneurs.


Chuck McAulay
franchise/general inquiries

Sharon Cahill
press inquiries

Britney Mumford
grand opening