What's In Store

Cosmos Café owner is planning a new Belmont restaurant

The new restaurant is at 609 N. Main St. in Belmont
The new restaurant is at 609 N. Main St. in Belmont Google Maps

The owner of Cosmos Café, which closed in uptown Charlotte earlier this year, is opening a new restaurant in Belmont later this year.

Gus Georgoulias and his team are opening a restaurant at 609 N. Main St., a spot once home to a King Buffet, Gus’s wife Vicki told the Observer. A name hasn’t been decided yet.

Along with Georgoulias, the group opening the new Belmont spot includes Giorgios Bakatsias, owner of Georges Brasserie and part-owner of Kid Cashew, and Pavlos Labrakis, owner of Gardenia and Beauregard restaurants in Charlotte.

“We’re thinking it’s probably going to be a farm-to-table restaurant. We’re going to have a bar, but we’re going to focus more on food and we want it to be family-friendly,” Georgoulias said.

She added that the initial thinking is for the new restaurant to be closely tied into the community and not be a “party place” like the Charlotte venue that closed.

The owners are currently gutting the whole building except for the kitchen area. The design for the restaurant is still being determined, Georgoulias added.

The hope is to be open by Thanksgiving.

Cosmos Café closed in January after 18 years in uptown Charlotte. Gus Georgoulias had opened Cosmos with his brother George Yeorgoulias and their friends Andy Kastanas, Tom Tsilimos and George Stergiou. It had originally opened as Charlotte’s first tapas restaurant, though was known later more for its salsa dancing and cocktails.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta