SHALLOTTE—In the autumn of 2010 a new dining option opened quietly in Shallotte—one that took taste buds by storm.
The Grille, owned and operated by Sal Rubio, opened inside the BP gas station behind Naber Dodge.
Rubio, a chef in the area since 1993, was in the catering business and decided to give his business a storefront where people could drop in and get gourmet soups and sandwiches. He opened the restaurant quietly to see how things would progress. He was its only employee.