Mellow Mushroom Rolls Out Staff-Created Menu

When I worked as a server, the most creative we got with the restaurant’s food on company time was dipping French fries in blue cheese. Mellow Mushroom’s crew is apparently a more culinarily-inspired bunch, since their ideas provided the fodder for a special menu running through the end of March.

Dishes based on the results of an employee poll and a call for employee recipes include a trio of cocktails; a Thai chicken sandwich with broccoli and mayonnaise; a cordon bleu calzone and a pizza topped with bacon, turkey, apples and honey mustard, in tribute to a club sandwich.

Mellow Mushroom has stores in Charleston, Avondale and Mt. Pleasant. For location information and the complete “Homegrown” menu, visit the restaurant’s website.


Summerville’s Mellow Mushroom Opening Next Week

mellow3Michael Shemtov, owner of Butcher & Bee and the downtown and Avondale Mellow Mushrooms, recently sent over the above picture of the newest addition to his local pizza empire.

Although Shemtov didn’t provide a caption to accompany the photo of the Summervile Mellow Mushroom, it appears to have been shot during a staff training session. That makes sense, since the restaurant at 1306 N. Main St. is scheduled to open sometime next week.

According to Shemtov, the new restaurant seats 150 people, and features a “big patio”, 24 beers on taps and murals by local artist Douglas Panzone. For opening updates, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Chicken Salad Chick Claims Andolini’s Old Address

Chicken Salad Chick, the Alabama chain which “offer(s) customers a ‘custom-fit’ chicken salad experience”, today announced it’s taking over the Andolini’s Pizza space at 82 Wentworth Street.

The chain already operates a store in Greenville, and plans in the coming year to add another seven stores across the Southeast, including the Charleston location.

The menu at Chicken Salad Chick features 15 chicken salads sold by the sandwich and the pound. Among the varieties are a chicken salad with pineapple and macadamia nuts; a chicken salad with ranch dressing and bacon and a chicken salad with extra onions.

According to a press release, Chicken Salad Chick will open in Charleston in early 2014.

DeSano Pizza Opens on Friday



Eager eaters who lined up for copycat cronuts at Kaminsky’s last Friday can put their dough-waiting skills to use again this Friday, when DeSano Pizza Bakery fires up its ovens.

According to a tweet from the pizzeria at 94 Stuart Street, the much-anticipated restaurant will be open “from 11:30 am until ‘out of dough’”

DeSano — operated by Scott DeSano, who in 2011 purchased Atlanta’s famed Antico Pizza and vowed to replicate its artisan approach nationwide – doesn’t deviate from Neapolitan standards: The pies are rapidly baked in 6000-pound ovens which heat up to more than 1000 degrees (think of the pizza as barbecue’s antithesis). The 10 pizzas on DeSano’s menu are topped with a mix of local ingredients and Naples-made products. Continue reading

Marco’s Serves Up 400 Free Slices

PPP MP1 j5022a 136Marco’s Pizza — a northeast Ohio-based chain which proudly calls itself the “country’s fastest-growing pizza company” – is celebrating its Charleston-area expansion with a slice giveaway.

Since the store at 3515 Mary Ader Ave. is the 400th Marco’s location, the first 400 customers to show up between 12 noon and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 will receive a free slice.

The chain already operates nine stores in South Carolina, including a location in Ladson. Marco’s plans to quadruple its nationwide store count in coming years, partly by putting eight more stores in the Charleston area by 2016.

Pasquale “Pat” Giammarco, who emigrated from Italy as a young boy, in 1978 opened the first Marco’s in Toledo, Ohio. In addition to serving pizza, Marco’s offers “CheezyBread” (join the chain’s e-mail club for a “free with pizza purchase” coupon); meatballs and subs.

The newest Marco’s has seating for 24 people. For pick-up orders or more information, call 818-4700.