Main St. Grille Business Spotlight
Craig Spencer raised his family in Center Grove, still resides here and has been in the restaurant business for 30+ years. That didn’t stop him from venturing east when he saw potential in an established restaurant, Greenwood’s Main St. Grille.
The family-friendly restaurant on the southwest corner of Main and Emerson had an established customer base but lacked unique features to draw people from around our communities. After purchasing the restaurant, Spencer enhanced the patio. He made it more spacious, added new, comfortable seats and a large custom awning.
Spencer’s vision prior to his purchase was introducing a high-quality pizza to the menu. After months of planning and preparation, it has arrived. The wood fired pizza oven gives the pizza a unique flavor that cannot be achieved with other cooking methods.
Spencer also attributes the fantastic flavors of his product to using quality products and recipes. The Grille makes their own dough, sausage and sauce. He purchases quality ingredients and firewood from local sources. Spencer is a big believer in supporting local fellow businesses in our community.
He believes that adding the wood fired pizza to the Main Street Grille’s established menu that consists of a wide variety of unique starters, homemade soups, salads, entrees and sandwiches will give every customer an even better selection. Although it does make the process of selection a bit harder because everything is great – just look at the reviews.
Spencer also believes in helping and supporting local craft beer makers. Taxman, Sun King and Mashcraft have managed to be a staple on his draft system. He rotates others such as Scarlet Lane, Hoosier Brewing, Quaffon and others.
He just lapped his one year of ownership and contributes Main Street’s success to his staff. “They have been extremely supportive in all of the challenges we have been faced with in this last year,” Spencer says.
Now that they have created their new identity in the market, he believes 2016 will be very rewarding. “We plan to focus on what we do best, delivering a great product with great service in a clean facility in a very warm and welcoming atmosphere,” said Spencer.
Variety extends beyond food and beverages. If you’re an NFL fan, stop in on a Sunday, enjoy NFL Sunday Ticket and ask for your favorite team to be shown on one of the TVs in the pub. They might even tune it to the Patriots, if you dare.
Spencer would like the Center Grove and surrounding communities to know there is another place to get a great dining experience waiting at Emerson and Main. He promises it’s worth the drive.