April 30, 2018 § Leave a comment
The Invisible Illnesses is hosting its first annual benefit on Thursday, May 3 to support the expansion of their student mental health workshops. Please consider coming on out to join in the fun. Charleston Hospitality Group is proud to be donating all of the food for the event and some silent auction items. Doing good feels good and this is a wonderful event and very important cause. The Invisible Illnesses#invisibleillnesses
Woolfe Street Playhouse is located at 34 Woolfe Street, downtown, Charleston, 29403. For more information, visit https://www.theinvisibleillnesses.org/benefit
April 30, 2018 § Leave a comment
April 12, 2018 § Leave a comment
ALL YOU CAN EAT SNOW CRAB LEGS SPECIAL ($34.95) TONIGHT MONDAY APRIL 30
Sweet, delicate, tender, and bathed in warm butter and a splash of fresh lemon, hardly anyone can resist a decadent snow crab leg. Cove Bar & Grille is offering the opportunity to its customers to indulge in a non-stop, all you can eat snow crab fest from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., for $34.95 per person, and $15.95 for kids 10 and under. Because no one can eat just one.
About Cove Bar & Grille – North Charleston’s only raw bar and a member of Charleston Hospitality Group , Cove is awash with briny, fresh flavors of local and regional raw and chargrilled oysters and southern staples. Whether seafood or southern, Cove has you covered with delicious style in a contemporary, nautical setting. Cove is located at 7690 Northwoods Boulevard, North Charleston, 29406. For more information, call 843.580.4040 or visit eatatcove.com
April 25, 2018 § Leave a comment
The day of the Cooper River Bridge Run dawned with clear skies, warm, comfortable temperatures, and a crowd of nearly 50,000 people waiting to share in a sense of joy and accomplishment. Or, as HonkyTonk Saloon manager Bob Shipley’s daughter Lauren Shipley (a fellow runner) describes the feeling, as an “indescribable sense of unity”. I think she nailed it. I proudly joined Lauren and the rest and crossed that bridge in an hour and 20 minutes.
Participating in the race reminded me a bit of starting this year with a large and growing team of employees who work with me and their respective teams to do the best they can do every day to keep our clients well fed, happy, and smiling. We’re looking forward to crossing that kind of finish line every single day, even as we look to expand with at least two new Toast locations in 2018.
Running in a competitive race is indeed analogous to running a good life. It reminds me of this quote by Tony Gaskins: “A relationship is a marathon, not a sprint. Many celebrate after the first mile, not realizing that the real trials come later. It’s not about how strong you start. It’s about your mental and emotional conditioning to finish the race.”
Let’s toast to that!
Sam Mustafa, Charleston Hospitality Group CEO
April 25, 2018 § Leave a comment
In its Best Of issue published today, April 25, writer Mary Scott Hardaway writes a glowing review of HonkyTonk Saloon Ladson. The most fun you can have with your boots on. Here’s a recap:
By Mary Scott Hardaway
The moment I entered into the dimly lit Honkytonk Saloon situated right off of I-26, exit 203 to Ladson, it was all Bud Light wishes and rhinestone dreams. I could feel the beer chasing my blues away, the whiskey drowning my worries … I knew I’d be okay. I thought to myself, grinning ear to ear, “Damn, those were some good directions.”
My sister and I first visited the country western bar on a Saturday night. It was still early, around 7 p.m., and the free hour of couple’s dance instruction was just getting started. With our fiances preferring the bar scene to the dancefloor, my sister and I partnered up with about four other couples, ’cause some days, you just gotta dance.
Two cocktails deep (this uncoordinated cowgirl needs to pregame a little to boot scoot boogie, OK?), I clutched my sister’s hand as she attempted to lead “one and two and three and four.” I looked around. We were the only couple facing the same direction in which we started. I wondered if we’d even moved.
“OK just pay attention,” I urged my sister; she nodded emphatically, sipping her vodka soda until the ice started to clink. It was only every other memory that I had of my sister chugging a rail vodka in a bar that led me to believe we were probably not going to master the West Coast Swing that night.
The instructor moved across the floor like a landslide — like one bourbon, one shot, and one beer — like a lifted F-150 on a red dirt road. You get the idea. She was a pro. She smiled patiently at our scuffling feet and swung the other dancers around the shiny wooden floor as the band from Nashville started to set up in the background. I ordered another vodka.
A week later and finally recovered from my honktonky hangover, I visited the bar on a Wednesday afternoon to chat with managers Bob Shipley and Shelly Shattuck and some bar flies. Over a shot of Jack Daniels Honey — well, two, split three ways, it was 4 p.m. after all — regulars Anthony Daubs and a man who called himself Rusty Shackelford informed me that people don’t come here for “that IPA scene.” My vodka/Bud Light/maybe some bourbon? hangover could attest to that — usually I’m a slow, steady saison sipper on a Saturday night.
“That’s out where you are, and that’s if you want to go back and relax,” say “Shackelford.” “They’re so heavy. The point here is the environment.” The single Daubs, who is here after work most days, says a Friday or Saturday evening brings out a lot of other singles. We didn’t ask him his success rate with pick-up lines, but he seemed amicable. Hell, everyone there was friendly. And not in that cheeseball saccharine, “oh let me try to sell you on this place” bullshit.They were just genuinely having a good time.
And why wouldn’t you? Even for a creature of habit who prefers clutching a crowler in a taproom to dancing on a bar, Honkytonk brought out the “Shit damn I wanna stay all night” in me. And for this 20-something homebody, that’s about as often as a cold day in July.
Even if staying into the wee hours on the weekend with, according to a security guard, anywhere from 500-700 other patrons (the place is HUGE), jamming to live country music and watching the servers hop on the bar for a coordinated dance (y’all seen Coyote Ugly?) isn’t your bottle of domestic beer. Honkytonk does it all.
“Tuesdays are open mic night, and we do a paint night for $10 on the second Tuesday of every month,” explains Shattuck. “Some Wednesdays are bike nights, with money going to a local children’s charity, some are truck/jeep nights with money going to a local PTSD foundation. Thursdays are ladies night — a lot of female regulars like to come and learn (for free) the dance the servers do on the bar. Fridays are line dancing and a DJ. Saturday is couple’s dance instruction and a live band and then a DJ later in the night. We’ve had a hypnotist, we’ve done comedy. We just started a jazz night.”
And then there’s the mechanical bull, which, “Shackelford” says you can “pay something like $5 and ride all night,” the pool tables, the laughably good happy hour prices.
“Country is hot right now,” says Shipley. “We are primarily a honky tonk, [people come here to] eat good food, drink a cold beer, dance to good music, and get great service. At the end of the day that’s what we’re about.” The spacious Honkytonk building, situated on an even larger parking lot, has changed hands quite a few times over the years. To solidify the identity of the less than two-year-old concept, Shipley knew the name was everything. “That’s why we came up with Honkytonk Saloon, we thought that said it all. There’s no doubt about what it is.”
It’s a country bar, it’s an after-work happy hour destination, it’s a hub for large, charitable events. It’s a meeting place for singles who want to dance all night, for families who come early for the barbecue, for the 85-year-old regular who, Shattuck says, closes the bar every Friday and Saturday night. It’s for a large demographic — races, genders, ages — driving in from Ridgeville, Mt. Pleasant, Johns Island, Summerville. It’s for those who stay ’til the ugly lights come on, for the cowboy who wants to prove he can ride that bull for 30 seconds. It’s as Shipley says, “the most fun you can have with your boots on.” And for this small town girl, it’s one helluva Saturday night.
April 24, 2018 § Leave a comment
We Would Love to Hear Your Words of Love About Your Mom and Grad in Our Next Issue of Charleston DIGEST
We’ve put together two sweet incentive packages to get the love lines flowing. Charleston DIGEST will randomly select from two categories: submissions by Charleston Hospitality Group (CHG) employees and submissions from the general public.
The CHG winner will receive a $50 gift card redeemable at any CHG property. The winner from the general public will win two Champagne flutes, a bottle of Champagne, and one laser facial from @Southern Cosmetic Laser. Winners will be notified via email after the issue is published on May 11.
If you want to write a note of gratitude for the Moms and Grads love lines page, simply compose up to 144 characters. Visit charlestondigest.com and click on the PayPal link. The love line fee is $5 for the words and $10 for the words and a photo. CHG’s marketing department will follow up with an email to you to receive your love note and photo (if desired). Remember, at least 6,000 pairs of eyes will read your loving words, and that’s not counting our online audience.
We look forward to hearing from you and spreading the love! Submissions due by May 1st, 2018.
About Charleston DIGEST – Charleston Digest is a monthly newspaper featuring news about Charleston’s dining and restaurant scene, local events, local personalities, recipes, and happenings. It reaches 6,000 persons via high-end boutique hotels, spas, gyms, realtors, Charleston Visitor Center, and car dealerships and tracks readership online at charlestondigest.com. It is published by The Charleston Hospitality Group; a restaurant and entertainment group comprised of several venues.
April 23, 2018 § Leave a comment
Satisfy Midday Hunger with Mediterranean Classics from Falafel to Gyros with Dine-In Lunches
Tabbuli is now serving dine-in only lunch specials from their zesty, authentic Mediterranean menu.
Monday is American burger day, served with cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato and a pickle. Tuesday is gyro day, served with shaved gyro meat, fresh lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, and a generous dollop of creamy, cool Tzatziki on a soft, fresh pita pocket. On Wednesday, Tabbuli guests can sample a hummus trio including classic tahini and chickpea hummus, roasted red pepper hummus, and pesto hummus with a small Jerusalem salad. Thursday’s special is chicken Lula sandwich, stacked with two marinated and grilled chicken patties, Tzatziki, feta, tomatoes, bacon and red onion. Wrap up the week on Friday with falafel pitas or falafel appetizers. All of Tabbuli’s lunch specials are $5 and served, dine-in only, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
About Tabbuli – Located just feet from the Cooper River and Charleston harbor, people flock to Tabbuli for authentic Middle Eastern staples like lemony smooth hummus, hot, crunchy falafel, gyros and lemon chicken and rice soup. Eclectic entertainment choices include drag queen shows, fashion shows, live music, and bubbly hookahs. Soak up the sea breezes from the large open-air patio while you sup and sip, the Tabbuli way. Tabbuli is located at 6 N. Market Street, downtown Charleston, 29401. For more information, visit tabbuli.com or call 843.628.5959.
April 20, 2018 § Leave a comment
Four for $4 Meal Deals Served April 16 through April 20
In honor of its fourth birthday, Toast of Summerville is celebrating with several specially priced menu items.
From April 16 through April 20, Toast of Summerville will be serving four separate specially priced menus. $4 breakfast (available all day) pricing applies to your choice of a short stack of buttermilk pancakes served with bacon, sausage link, sausage patty or country ham, tropical fruit parfait, or a chicken biscuit filled with southern fried chicken breast and your choice of stone-ground grits or home fries. $4 lunch (available from 11 a.m.) pricing applies to your choice of meatloaf with mushroom Cabernet gravy, house salad and soup of the day, chicken strip basket with fries or a fried flounder basket with fries. $4 shared plates (available from 11 a.m.) pricing applies to fried green tomatoes topped with sweet pepper relish and pimento cheese, chicken quesadillas, pimento cheese served with toasted French bread, and green tomato bruschetta. $4 specialty lattes (plain, vanilla, mocha and caramel), two for $4 mimosa singles and two for $4 cupcakes will be available all day throughout the four days of the event.
Toast of Summerville is located at 717 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, 29485. For more information, call 843.900.4422 or visit toastofcharleston.com
April 18, 2018 § Leave a comment
Indulge Mom’s Inner Gourmet Buffet Will Be Served All Day on May 13
Toast of Summerville has set the Mother’s Day Buffet bar high this year with an ‘Indulge Mom’s Inner Gourmet’ buffet that includes many of the restaurant’s specialties, including shrimp & grits, eggs Meeting Street, deluxe French toast and roasted chicken, as well as many southern styles, comfort food sides. Potato salad, pasta salad, coleslaw, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, beef tips, mashed potatoes, mini muffins, bacon and turkey sausage, and assorted desserts will all be part of the sumptuous selection.
Toast of Summerville’s Mother’s Day Buffet will be served from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fee is $27.95 per adult and $13.95 for children ages 4 to 10. Children ages 3 and under eat free.
About Toast of Summerville – Casual and inviting, our Toast team ensures every guest feels right at home, whether it is for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Serving breakfast all day, Toast of Summerville (like her downtown and West Ashley sister restaurants), is famous for double deluxe French toast, eggs Meeting Street, and enormous, flaky biscuits – made fresh every morning. Toast of Summerville is located at 717 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, 29485. For more information or to make reservations call 843.900.4422 or visit toastofsummerville.com
April 17, 2018 § Leave a comment
Mother of Billie Littles, Kitchen Manager at Toast! of Charleston
Betty Grant is a no-nonsense person. Ask her who raised her four children (one girl and three boys) and she will tell you she “raised half of those years with their father and half of them without him.” The motherly constant for the Pulaski, GA native was a simple but firm and loving formula. “I tried to raise them to eat right, go to bed on time, get up on time, and go to school. The most important part was going to school. I got them through high school and they did the rest on their own.”
Another component Grant felt was important to teach her children, was the importance of God. “I believe in going to church. Always give God a little bit of me. I always thought for me and the children, to remember to think of Him before you act, you may not get into trouble and make mistakes.”
Grant used to work at night and work on the house and the garden and raising her family during the days. She also used to enjoy cooking, especially baking pies and cakes, and stewing vegetables. “Now, I’m retired and can enjoy the garden I worked so hard on years ago from my window.”
A reap and sow message of sorts. It seems to have rubbed off on her children. She describes Billie as a hard-working little girl. “Like me, she works hard and stays busy.”
Show Moms & Grads Some Love!
Charleston DIGEST’s May issue will feature a Love Lines for Moms & Grads page where readers will have the opportunity to write a gratitude or love note to their mothers, grandmothers, or recent graduates. Interested participants simply need to compose up to 144 characters. Visit charlestondigest.com and click on the PayPal link. The love line fee is $5 for the words and $10 for the words + a photo. CHG’s marketing department will follow up with an email to you to receive your love note and photo (if desired).
We look forward to hearing from you and spreading the love! Submissions due by May 1st, 2018. We will randomly select a name to receive a signed, complimentary copy of Holly Herri’s latest cookbook, The New Charleston Chef’s Table (Globe Pequot, May 15, 2018).
April 16, 2018 § Leave a comment
Old Sheldon Church Ruins
April in Charleston is the time where thoughts and hearts turn to the essence of Lowcountry spring. Sherbert-hued sunsets, balmy breezes, floral and brine aromas aloft, warm days and still-cool evenings. It is perfect picnic weather. The ideal season to linger under the shade of a Spanish moss-dressed live oak, perhaps sipping a cool glass of white wine and supping on fresh fruit, soft, warm cheese and slices of a fresh baguette bread.
There are many lovely spots to indulge in such an occasion in Charleston proper. White Point Garden, Hampton Park, and Sullivan’s Island all come to mind. But, if you’re in the mood for a short ride and a little change of scenery, there is an incredibly soulful and serene destination about an hour down Highway 17 on the way to Beaufort, SC.
Old Sheldon Church Ruins are the remnants of a chapel of ease built in the English Georgian style between 1745 and 1753. The church was burned down two times. Once by the British during the Revolutionary War, rebuilt, and then burned down a second time in 1865 during the Civil War.
Its sad history and beautiful ancient walls perhaps contribute to the almost spiritual aura that surrounds the green, hilly and usually very private grounds. Find your spot, pull out your picnic blanket and basket, and enjoy the ride. It will be a picnic for the ages. Beaufort is only about 20 miles further south if you want to make a full day of it. The Old Sheldon Church Ruins are located at Highway 21 & 235, Yemassee, SC, 29945. Phone: 843.525.8500.