Laurens Road restaurant looking to be ‘green certified’

Construction has started on Kitchen Sync, which co-owner Kevin Feeny said he expects will become Greenville’s “first green-certified restaurant.” Feeny said he has been operating a franchise restaurant in Raleigh and is returning to Greenville in the venture that he and family partners plan to open in January at 1609 Laurens Road.

Feeny said the “highly traveled” location is two blocks from the next phase of the Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail and is near the residential buildout of Verdae. Feeny plans a bike-friendly culture and will work with nearby merchants to do the same.

Feeny declined to discuss the amount of his investment. LMG Architects and Clayton Construction Co. are handling design and construction of the project, which is incorporating materials salvaged from the demolition of the 80-year-old creamery at the site and from other local historical locations.

The 4,000-square-foot neighborhood grill and pizzeria will specialize in locally grown products, Feeny said in a statement. Plans include an open-air dining room, kitchen counter seating, an indoor bar and an outdoor patio. Menu items are expected to change frequently as local foods are in season, the statement said. Ticket averages are expected to range from $10 to $13 for lunch and $19 to $23 for dinner.

“It will have a full bar with interesting, affordable wines, an all local draft beer program and counter seating with views into the kitchen and pizza station,” the statement said.

Kitchen Sync’s other planned sustainable practices include local sourcing of food and supplies, harvesting its own solar energy, composting and recycling waste, capturing rainwater for irrigation, using all sustainable-recyclable takeout containers and utilizing Energy Star equipment and all LED lighting.

Menu items are expected to change frequently as local foods are in season, the statement said. Ticket averages are expected to range from $10 to $13 for lunch and $19 to $23 for dinner.

Feeny said in a telephone interview that he got his start in the restaurant business at 14 years old in 1979 whenFrodo’s Pizza opened in Greenville and later worked at the former Vince Perones before an entrepreneurial career that has included running restaurants in Colorado and New Hampshire.

Feeny’s operating partners at Kitchen Sync are his sister Karin Feeny, a pizza specialist at Whole Foods for the past decade, and brother-in-law John Farrell, a chef and Culinary Institute of America graduate. They live in the Gower Estates neighborhood, adjacent to Kitchen Sync. Feeny said he grew up in that neighborhood. He said he and his wife own a house there. He said they are moving with their children from Raleigh.

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Alyssa BennettLaurens Road restaurant looking to be ‘green certified’