A family that owns three Mexican restaurants in York County has branched out into a new venture: Hartland’s, an eatery and sports bar near the Rock Hill Galleria.
Hartland’s Bar, at 2260 Cross Pointe Drive in the Food Lion shopping center, opened in late June. It offers a large menu with appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, wings, salads, seafood and more, plus a bar with 18 beers on tap and a variety of signature cocktails. Lots of televisions give patrons the chance to watch their favorite teams.
Charlie Ramirez, who owns the business with his parents, Freidy and Maria Ramirez, said they have more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant business, including about 15 years in York County. But an American-themed restaurant and bar was something new, he said.
Ramirez said the family owns three Charanda Mexican Grill and Cantina restaurants in York County. They also own several other restaurants in North Carolina, including Monterrey Mexican Restaurant in Pineville, near Carolina Place.
“Dad was interested in opening a new place,” Ramirez said, and he decided to get into the bar business. Ramirez said the family saw an opportunity to bring something different to the Rock Hill restaurant and bar scene.
“He picked Rock Hill because there is really nothing else like it around,” Ramirez said. “Dave Lyle Boulevard is riddled with corporate restaurants.
“One of the things that is really important to my parents is to put their heart and soul into anything that they do,” Ramirez said. “They want to have quality food and quality service.”
Ramirez said his parents opened their first Charanda Mexican restaurant in the Rock Hill Galleria area about 15 years ago, followed a few years later by two more, in Newport and Fort Mill.
Ramirez said his parents both grew up in Chicago. He said Hartland’s Bar is named after Hartland Court, a street in Chicago where his mother, Maria, was living when she and his father met.
A colorful mural image of Hartland Court is posted on a wall at the entrance to the bar area. Ramirez said he and his siblings were in Chicago last summer, and took pictures of that street. His father had the image made into a poster to be displayed on the wall.
“We want to be a really welcoming place, somewhere that locals can come and feel that they can enjoy themselves, enjoy good drinks, good atmosphere, good food,” he said.
Larry and Nancy Taylor, who live nearby, were among first-time customers who recently visited the restaurant to try the food.
“We thought that we would come out this afternoon and check it out,” said Larry Taylor, who ordered a sandwich and salad. “It looks like a very nice menu.”
Ramirez said popular menu items include a $10.25 Palmetto burger, with pimento cheese, cherrywood-peppered bacon and fried green tomatoes.
Wings are made with a signature Cheerwine barbecue sauce, he said, and the pretzels and beer cheese have been a hit with customers.
Head bartender Thomas Perez said some other popular menu items include the $8.95 buffalo mac and cheese, the $8.99 crab cheese dip appetizer, a $10.50 BLT burger and an $8.50 buffalo chicken wrap.
Most main dish menu items run around $10 or less. Seafood basket items include fried oysters and beer battered cod bites and shrimp, while sandwiches run the gamut from the Hartland’s hot dog to a crab cake sandwich, Cubano and both ribeye and pulled pork barbecue sandwiches. Burger options include build your own burger.
Ramirez said the 18 brews on tap are mostly local or regional brews from the Rock Hill or Charlotte area. The bar also offers variations of the Moscow Mule, a cocktail made with vodka and beer.
Hartland’s signature mules include cocktails made with beer and various vodkas, as well as other liquors, including tequila and rum.
Ramirez said he is already seeing a lot of repeat customers at Hartland’s.
“We are really happy to bring this kind of restaurant to the area,” he said. “I know a lot of people were hoping for it. We are happy to be off the ground.”
Jennifer Becknell: 803-329-4077
Hartland’s Bar, at 2260 Cross Pointe Drive, No. 101, off Dave Lyle Boulevard across from the Rock Hill Galleria, is a family-owned American restaurant and neighborhood sports bar. Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. A late-night menu is available after 10 p.m. Details, 803-329-1974, or follow on Facebook and Twitter.