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F A B F A R E Taking the 'Big View' Diner wows with all-day breakfast, broad menu By Amy Rogers | Photos by Ray Sepesy A n audacious restaurant boasting it has something for everyone, Big View Diner has earned those bragging rights. Where else can a table of hungry customers order breakfast, burgers, steaks, seafood, cakes and cocktails — all at the same time of day? This busy Ballantyne spot is a hybrid of an old-school diner and a modern, full-service restaurant, offering an expansive — but not necessarily expensive — menu. Guests can perch at the counter for a quick bite, relax in a comfy booth for a full meal or watch a sporting event in the "Big Bar" — which offers a full range of libations that include more than a dozen beers from local breweries. The diner culture so familiar to many northern urbanites is still unusual in the Charlotte area. The original establishments became popular in the 19th century when entrepreneurs began selling casual meals from train cars to traveling and working folks who appreciated the late-night hours and varied menus. Big View Diner, located in The Shoppes at Ardrey Kell, is a joint effort between members of the Kaltsounis and Lambos restaurant families. They're behind the success of sister restaurants Ilios Noche (two locations in south Charlotte) and the iconic Landmark Diner on Central Avenue. Big View co-owner Frank Kaltsounis lives in Weddington, where for years he'd been watching development spread from Charlotte's center city to surrounding areas. He and his partners envisioned a restaurant that would be a "one-stop shop." They knew it was just a matter of time before Ballantyne would gain enough residents — plenty of them from New York and other cities where people flock to diners routinely — to make the neighborhood a perfect location. Big View opened in May 2009 and has become a go-to Frank Kaltsounis Palate Pleasing Whether it's balsamic-grilled salmon, the "Big Bar" or breakfast all day, Big View has something for everyone. BALLANTYNE SUMMER 2018 47 Fab Fare

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