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Mills River partners to reopen Kelsey's

Nick Syrigos promises a variety and upscale dining at the new Kelsey's. Nick Syrigos promises a variety and upscale dining at the new Kelsey's.

Kelsey's, a popular Spartanburg Highway restaurant that closed in the summer of 2011 after many years, will reopen later this year under new owners.

Kelsey's owner Bob Quattlebaum leased the building last week to Nick Syrigos and Nick Sellas, who own the Mills River Family Restaurant at N.C. highways 191 and 280.
Syrigos and Sellas promise a wide-ranging menu and plans to serve the public three meals a day. Like the Mills River Family Restaurant, which has Greek, Italian and American dishes, steaks and seafood, the new Kelsey's will offer different cuisines. It'll be more upscale than the Mills River restaurant, they said.
"You want to have seafood, you want to have steak, you want to have pasta, and a little bit of home cooking, vegetables," Syrigos said.
"We want to have Mills River plus more variety," Sellas said.
They projected they would need 30 to 40 fulltime employees to run the restaurant through three meals.
"It's one thing to bring the customers inside, it's another thing to serve them," Syrigos said.
The two Nicks say they plan to keep the Kelsey's sign and may add the Mills River name in some form, too.
"People know the name so we'll keep the name," Sellas said.
Syrigos, who is the chef at Mills River, said he is ready for the new venture.
"I've got 45 years experience," he said. "I'm going to put all my experience right here."