A Slow Start Doesn’t Necessarily Prevent a Strong Finish

April 25, 2018 § Leave a comment

Sam’s Musings

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

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Running With Heart

April 12, 2018 § Leave a comment

Running is More than a Sport for Local Runner Lauren Shipley – It is a Purpose

Lauren Shipley began running two years ago and (at the time of this interview) was ramping up for her second Cooper Bridge Run, getting in about 15 to 20 miles of training per week. The 23 year-old Charleston native and daughter of HonkyTonk Saloon general manager Bob Shipley (pictured with her, bottom right), began running as a means to alleviate stress. “Initially, running was a huge therapeutic outlet for me. A wonderful way to relieve stress and anxiety while getting a great workout at the same time. Now, I really enjoy it. It’s a big part of my life.”

Shipley, who lives in downtown Charleston, finds inspiration in the city’s beauty, especially when she is running. “It’s actually a big part of how I got into running. I run a path around the entire peninsula and am always seeing new things and the water is so soothing.”

Helping the disadvantaged is another very big part of what drives Shipley’s running purpose. A professional mental health tech who works at a behavioral health hospital, she will be taking her sixth trip to East Africa this fall where she will be working to aid children and artisans in Uganda. After, she will head to Ethiopia to participate in her first marathon, Ethio Trail Marathon, which is a fundraiser for the artisans she will be assisting.

The Cooper River Bridge Run (a 10K run that took place April 7), is one of the running steps she took to prepare for the marathon. “I just love it. It is absolutely about the sense of unity. I teared up last year. Standing there with 40,000 people cheering you on. It is indescribable.”

Lauren’s tip for race success? “I always try to stay focused. My main thing is to settle into a motivational play list. My favorite right now is Fight Song by Rachel Platten.”

Pre-Bridge Run Pasta Feasts Served at Several Charleston Hospitality Group Restaurants

April 4, 2018 § 2 Comments

GET YOUR TASTY CARB FILL AT ALL THREE TOAST(S), QUEOLOGY, COVE, ELI’S TABLE, FILL AND TABBULI

In honor of The Cooper River Bridge Run, several CHG properties are serving carb-boosting pasta specials this Friday evening, April 6 and modifying hours at downtown Toast! Saturday morning, April 7.

Friday evening, Toast!, Toast of West Ashley and Toast of Summerville will serve baked ziti with chicken and salad ($16.95). Eli’s Table will serve seafood pasta cavatappi with scallops, shrimp, roasted tomato, corn, red onion, and basil pesto Parmesan ($36).  Queology will be topping its mac ‘n cheese with its signature barbecue ($11.99), available for both lunch and dinner. Cove Bar & Grille will serve all you can eat spaghetti and meatballs ($12.99) from 4 p.m. until close. Tabbuli will offer $5 falafel pitas for lunch and an assortment of pizzas during happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Get your fill of FILL Restaurant & Piano Bar’s fire roasted tomato and mozzarella ravioli for just $16

Toast! will open its doors at 4 a.m. on Saturday morning and serve from their standard breakfast all day menu, rife with biscuits, and pancakes and French toast for a pre-run energy boost.

Locations and Contact Information

Toast! is located at 155 Meeting Street, downtown Charleston. 843.534.0043, toastofcharleston.com

Toast of West Ashley is located at 2026 Savannah Highway, West Ashley. 843.556.0006, toastofcharleston.com

Toast of Summerville is located at 717 Old Trolley Road, Summerville. 843.900.4422, toastofcharleston.com

Eli’s Table is located at 129 Meeting Street, downtown Charleston. 843.405.5115, elistable.com

Queology is located at 32-C North Market Street, downtown Charleston. 843-580.2244, queology.com

Cove Bar & Grille is located at 7690 Northwoods Boulevard, North Charleston. 843.580.4040, eatatcove.com

Tabbuli is located at 6 North Market Street, downtown Charleston. 843.628.5959, tabbuli.com

Fill Restaurant & Piano Bar is located at 1150 Hungryneck Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant, 843.800.3042, fillbar.com

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Free Running Inspiration

March 30, 2018 § Leave a comment

Run, Click & Toast! for A Complimentary Mockmosa

Cooper River Bridge Run participants have another reason to be  happy for after run appreciation. Eli’s Table, Queology, Toast of Charleston and Tabbuli (all within close proximity to Marion Square) are offering a complimentary, refreshing Mockmosa for enterprising users of their smart phones. Just text “chgrocks” to 31996 for your coupon, click, show it to your server, and toast away!

Congratulate yourself on a job well run and join in the post-race fun with Charleston Hospitality Group.

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