He took a break from the restaurant business, living for 25 years in Ohio before moving back to Charleston 10 years ago. His father urged him to buy the McCrory Building, which he planned to rent.
After several potential renters fell through, Stanley decided to open a restaurant himself. "I recognized a good business opportunity and location," he said.
Adelphia's spacious floor is about 4,000 square feet, with additional space in the back that Stanley plans to open as a banquet room. He'll offer cooking demonstrations led by Miller, and perhaps wine tastings.
Large flat screen televisions share wall space with historic Charleston-area photos. Pictures of restaurants previously owned by the Stanley family, the old Greyhound station, Charleston High School and other buildings and scenes of historic note entertain patrons while they wait for their orders..
"I got the inspiration from a photo hanging in a friend's living room," he said. His friend's photo, a long horizontal shot of the Kanawha River as it curves around an island, now hangs in the restaurant. It's framed in wood, unlike all the other oversized black and white photo reproductions framed in black.
The photographs are reproduced from Jerry Waters' collection.
Adelphia loosely translated from Greek means family unity or brothers and sisters. Stanley's two brothers and one sister manage other family businesses, but another sister, who lives in South Carolina, handles many financial details for Adelphia.
Stanley cultivates downtown connections. He buys his produce every morning at Capitol Market. His dessert menu is limited to baklava served with a chocolate drizzle or as a sundae with honey and a hot fudge splash.
"I tell them Ellen's (Homemade Ice Cream) is right across the street," he said. "I want people to walk around and enjoy the city."
Call 304-343-5551 or visit www.adelphiasportsbar.com.
Reach Julie Robinson at jul...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.