Seven Oaks Cafe, sister restaurant to The String Bean, is now open in the McLean community on Lake Wylie adjacent to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. The cafe is in the historic John Davidson McLean house on Armstrong Road, a house that is on the Gaston County Historic Register and one that was renovated in 2014.
The family and pet friendly cafe serves lunch and dinner Tuesday – Saturday as well as a popular Sunday brunch. Seven Oaks Cafe offers great outdoor dining on its porch and a wonderful venue for events. Vegetables grown in the McLean community garden adjacent to the house will be a part of some of the dishes offered there.
The historic home housing the restaurant was known as Seven Oaks for many years. In addition to being home to John Davidson McLean and many of his descendants, the home was the site of The Plantation House antiques store for many years, a store owned by Daniel Stowe. The restaurant will take most of the bottom level of the house, which will continue to host an information center and the administrative offices for the McLean community that spans five miles of shoreline on Lake Wylie.