Charleston Beer Works Adds Late-Night Menu

wingsCharleston Beer Works is resolving to keep its kitchen open later in the new year.

The King Street bar’s extended food service schedule is set to begin on Thursday. The late-night menu will be available through 1 a.m.

General manager Matt Hensley describes the menu as an extension of the “fresh bar food” concept introduced with a menu rebranding two years ago.

“The only frozen item on our menu are the Tots – and quite frankly, you just can’t mess with a good manufactured tot!,” he writes. Continue reading

Shoney’s Observes Veterans Day With Free Burger Offer

shoneysVeterans and active-duty service members are eligible for a free burger at Shoney’s on Veterans Day.

The chain restaurant – locally located at 1307 N. Main St. in Summerville and 1177 Sniders Hwy. in Walterboro – on Nov. 11 is offering an “All-American burger” to vets and military members who can provide proof of service. The burger was the centerpiece of a 2009 weekday “burger bundle” promotion, presumably designed to lure fast-food customers into the sit-down restaurants: During the campaign, Shoney’s sold the burger, fries and a drink for $4.99.

This time around, the fries, drink, tax and gratuity aren’t included. The fine print also stipulates that the free burger offer can’t be combined with any other coupons, and claimants are entitled to just one burger apiece. But a few rules probably won’t scare off eaters with military backgrounds.

“On their national day of celebration and honor, Shoney’s looks forward to welcoming our veterans and troops with a free burger,” CEO David Davoudpour is quoted as saying in a release. “We salute you.”

Smashburger Announces Oct. 2 Opening in Summerville

BBQ Bacon Cheese w FriesSmashburger will open its Summerville store on Oct. 2, and the chain’s founder says more Charleston area locations are likely to follow.

“We don’t do one-offs in any market,” Tom Ryan says. “I think we’re going to build more.”

Since opening its first location in Denver in 2007, Smashburger has added more than 220 stores to its portfolio, debuting in South Carolina last December. When the Columbia franchise opened, its owner told The State that if his store succeeded, it would likely prompt the chain to set up shop in Charleston.

“Burgers are Americans’ favorite food, and Charleston people love burgers as well as — if not better than — average Americans,” says Ryan, who envisions “tons of happy people enjoying juicy burgers” at Azalea Square’s Smashburger. Continue reading