The Main Street Café & Pub story began when two local restaurant couples, John and Faith Roppelt together with Aaron and Sharen Glugover joined hands in 1999 to take over what was then a struggling eatery known as Gulf Stream Café. The brothers-inlaw, John & Aaron realized that Hilton Head’s North End badly needed a friendly, unassuming neighborhood café and pub serving good food at reasonable prices. Chef Aaron developed a family-friendly menu that specialized in seafood and family favorites, referring to it as “Pub fare with a creative flair,” for lunch, happy hour, dinner and brunch on Sundays. Twelve years later, Faith joined her brother Chef Aaron to operate the restaurant.
The comfortable, laid back café with an outside pet friendly deck has become a favorite among residents of surrounding neighborhoods, not to mention the savvy tourists who inquire about where the “Locals” eat. When your appetite calls for good food, creatively prepared and fairly priced in an unpretentious atmosphere, make a beeline to Main Street Cafe & Pub. It’s the place where locals like to meet and eat.
Aaron Glugover, Chef / Partner, started cooking as a way to work his way through college. It soon became apparent he had a gifted palate and strong work ethic. His passion for food and cooking skills blossomed as well as his skills under the guidance of an Austrian/German trained chef in Weaverville, NC. For eight years, Aaron learned “best-practice” cooking techniques and methods, from the basics of food prep to classic culinary art.
Although Aaron’s flair for flavors is evident throughout the menu, his talent shines most brightly through his soups, where he creates original recipes using fresh ingredients and what is on hand in the kitchen. He continuously seeks ways to please his patrons’ taste buds. “It also helps to have a talented and loyal staff,” he says. “We’re like family. Some have been with us since we began over 17 years ago.”
Faith Roppelt, Manager / Partner, realized her love for hospitality while working at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. From working in banquet service to serving the elite, she decided to finish her education with a degree in hotel restaurant management. For many years, Faith managed a variety of establishments in North and South Carolina. Upon joining Main Street Café and Pub six years ago, Faith took over the front of the house operations and has a great working relationship with her brother Chef Aaron. Faith says she and her staff know a majority of their customers and their families on a first name basis. They have many regular customers since their first year in business.
“People say they feel really comfortable dining with us,” says Faith. “We have a lively bar, and some even tell us we remind them of the pub in the TV Show ‘Cheers.’ That makes me smile. It’s a good thing.”