The restaurant is located at one of the busiest intersections of Washington Road at Stevens Creek Road near I-20 and adjacent to the Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts. (photo by Neil Gordon)
Magda Faltaous has commuted back and forth every Sunday for three years from his home in Columbia, S.C. to attend church on Furys Ferry Road in Columbia County.
“If business is good, I may move here,” he says.
He is in the middle of about a $100,000 investment in the old Denny’s Restaurant building on Washington Road in between the Dunkin Donuts and Super 8 Motel in West Augusta.
Denny’s closed just after the pandemic started in the Spring of last year.
“We’ll have new pizza ovens, furniture, everything new,” he added.
Faltaous says he has about 25 years of experience in the restaurant business perfecting Greek food like Souvlaki, Gyro’s, Greek salads, and Italian food like Stromboli and authentic pizza.
The name of the new restaurant is 2Boys Pizza & Grill Greek & Italian Food with an ode to his family in Columbia. They’ve worked side by side in that similarly themed restaurant for the last 15 years— owning it together.
The ownership structure will be different with the Augusta version.
“I own this 100%.”
He is leasing the old Denny’s restaurant from the building owner who also leases out the adjacent Super 8 Motel.
Before the building owner leased out space he wanted to try out Faltaous’ food, so he traveled to Columbia to his family’s restaurant.
“I had him try 10 or 12 of our items and he loved them,” explained a smiling Magda.
He is hoping to open 2Boys by mid-May and is looking for up to 15 employees to help him with full-service dining and take-out food from the restaurant. Interested applicants for cooking, wait staff, or dishwasher positions can call Magda at 803.669.0957.
He’ll be open weekdays from 11 am to 10 pm weekdays and 11 am to 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Faltaous will be applying for a beer and wine license and hopes to add the drinks to the menu sometime after opening the restaurant.
He’ll be closed on Sundays so he and his staff can attend church and rest