Restaurant opens downtown with family delights on menu

Nicole Estremera spent part of her time Monday smoothing out the wrinkles at her new eatery location.

Just a part.

Despite issues with the Internet connection, Estremera and her crew served a steady stream of customers who made their way to Agnes All Natural Grill on the lower level of PNC Center, 6 N. Main St.

The restaurant recently moved from 1438 N. Keowee St.

“It has (room for) dine-in,” Estremera said. “It is a more convenient location.”

The space can seat at least 100 people, she added.

Behind the front counter, Estremera addressed customers by names as she filled orders of Caribbean delights.

“It is all natural,” she said of the menu. “We do not use any type of hormone. No MSG, no fructose corn syrup…”

Estremera said the restaurant, which she owns with her husband Jose, takes pride in the fact that most things are made in-house. That includes the seasonings used and the drink sorrel ($2.50) .

“It is a family recipe,” Estremera said of the Caribbean hibiscus drink. “Some people love it. Some people hate it.”

Mark me in the “love it” category. To boot, Estremera says the refreshing purple drink has several medicinal powers.

I had the drink with fried whiting fish on coco bread and lightly-salted hand cut fries ($5).

Agnes is in the middle of a soft opening. Times are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Estremera said regular hours — 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. — will begin in a few weeks, as will breakfast .

Details:

Agnes All Natural Grill

6 N. Main St.

Phone — (937) 368-8787

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