All-day cafe replacing Kiki Bistro in Plaza Midwood will dish up Greek favorites

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Plaza Midwood is getting a new breakfast, lunch and dinner spot by longtime neighborhood restaurateurs.

Sister, a European-inspired all-day cafe, will replace Kiki Bistro when it opens Jan. 28 at 1500 A Central Ave., according to a company news release Wednesday.

Sister is the latest concept by Kiki and popular Soul Gastrolounge owners Andy and Lesa Kastanas. The Kastanas said they frequently received requests for lunch at their restaurants, especially as the pandemic shifted to more people working from home and more families continue moving into the neighborhood.

“Seeing the changes that are coming to this neighborhood, and the influx of newcomers, we feel this is the right time to expand,” Kastanas said.

Sister will serve Greek and Eastern Mediterranean dishes that were featured on Kiki’s menu, which opened less than three years ago, and favorites from Soul, which opened 13 years ago.

Andy and Lesa Kastanas will open Sister in their former Kiki Bistro site in Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood. The Kastanas also own Soul Gastrolounge.
Andy and Lesa Kastanas will open Sister in their former Kiki Bistro site in Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood. The Kastanas also own Soul Gastrolounge.

On the menu

Sister will serve breakfast bowls, coffee and matcha, a type of green tea.

Greek pastries including phyllo hand pies spanakopita, tyropita, jambonopita, bougatsa, peinirli (pastrami, cheese and egg pizza boat), croissants, baklava, kok (mini round éclairs), sokolatina (cream chocolate custard cakes), Mille Feuille (almond napoleon) and muffins.

The lunch menu will feature salads, small plates and a lunch casserole special of Greek favorites including moussaka and spanakopita served with side Greek salad for $12.

Soul favorites such as Asian glazed pork belly tacos, fried brussel sprouts and anchovy fries also will be on the lunch menu.

Former Kiki menu dishes will include gyros, souvlaki, pastichio and vegan pop-lies and trik-fil-a sandwiches.

Soul Executive Chef Jay Pound and Beverage Director Kelly Minton will head Sister.

Plans are to launch brunch in late Spring, Kastanas said.

What to expect

The 3,000-square-foot restaurant includes the rooftop terrace and Tattoo Liquor Lounge, which will remain open.

Sister will have live DJs on weekends and house music by Scott Weaver and Jason Herring.

“Plaza Midwood is so walkable, and there are a lot of families looking for a locally-owned place to grab a cup of coffee and a bite,” said Alex Holladay, Kastanas’ daughter and business manager.

Initial hours will be 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; and 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

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