The Open Hearth will miss you and will be missed.


Owned and Operated by the Melehes Family Since 1959

Our Dear Customers and Friends,


It is with heartfelt emotions we announce the closing of our beloved restaurant, The Open Hearth. It has been a tender and very difficult decision. As of the end of June 2022, we retired.


The Open Hearth has been a treasure to our lives and our family spanning over the last eight decades and four generations of the Melehes family!  


When Mike & Tula Melehes first opened the doors in 1959 their dream came true, the Open hearth was the modeled after a Chicago style restaurant where Mike worked when first coming to the States. They never imagined their children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren would one day work in the restaurant or that their restaurant would make "international headlines"!


They aspired to serve the Upstate with warm hospitality, great food and the fresh concept of an “open kitchen“ grilling over live charcoal in a casual, destination atmosphere!


From 1959 until now in 2022, we thank you for your patronage and support of our family and restaurant.  We have enjoyed every meal we have shared with you at our dinner tables and every drink toasted at The Open Hearth bar.  We have cherished seeing you each time you have dined with us and allowed us to be the locale of an evening out with loved ones, the place for a life celebration, or a gathering spot with friends.


We've celebrated your lives with you. Birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, holiday parties, retirements, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Valentines, Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduations and more!


It has been our privilege to call you our friends. We thank you for being a part of this journey with us.


We have retired as owners, and our final day of service was Thursday, June 30th. 


With love,


The Melehes Family & The Open Hearth Staff