Toast Cafe coming to Tega Cay in former PDQ site

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comNovember 12, 2013 

— By early next year, a new breakfast and lunch option should be up and running in Tega Cay.

The former PDQ building at Stonecrest off Hwy. 160 West is being converted into the state’s first Toast Cafe. The new restaurant is targeting a late January opening.

Robert Maynard and Brian Burchill founded Toast Cafe in Huntersville, N.C., in 2005. They currently have three N.C. locations, one each in Ballantyne, Davidson and Dilworth. Jason Serkin becomes the first franchisee with the Tega Cay location, and is looking to expand the restaurant to other sites in South Carolina.

“It is a breakfast, lunch and brunch restaurant,” Maynard said. “We only use fresh ingredients. Everything is done in-house.”

The restaurant won’t have friers or freezers. It will have crepes, specialty quiches and lobster rolls with fresh lobster flown in daily from Maine. The sit-down restaurant will offer “more of a higher-end breakfast without the higher-end prices,” Maynard said.

Toast Cafe will have 25 to 30 employees and a rustic setting. The local franchise is the first of many planned this side of the state line.

“We’re definitely looking to expand into the South Carolina market,” Burchill said.

Company leaders aren’t concerned that the spot they’re taking was previously home to a business that didn’t succeed. Existing Toast Cafe locations took the same approach, they said. And all the Hwy. 160 West traffic combined with their model will make the restaurant a success, they say.

“Not only did we succeed,” Maynard said of existing sites, “but we drove up the value on the location. We couldn’t be more excited about that (Tega Cay) site.”

The restaurant will be open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. For more information, go to toastcafeonline.com.

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