Wing Chain Touting 675 Flavor Combos Reaches Mt. Pleasant

1482910_385189998283234_1639696660_nPerhaps hoping to lure a few customers away from their favorite chicken joints before the Super Bowl, East Coast Wings & Grill next Tuesday is celebrating the grand opening of its first Charleston area location.

The North Carolina-based chain’s 26th store is located in Mount Pleasant Towne Center, 1909 Highway 17 North. The restaurant’s marking its local debut with free desserts for first responders and chicken tenders priced at $1.49 apiece (Pre-saucing: The flavor fee is 65 cents.)

East Coast Wings & Grill was founded almost 20 years ago as an independent restaurant. A pair of entrepreneurs in 2001 purchased the concept, described to potential franchisees as “family friendly, with a much higher than average ticket.” Continue reading

Indigo Restaurant Group Gets Sheepish in January

rengberLamb barbecue is mildly popular in northern Japan, but it’s not slated to make a January appearance at O-Ku, the only Indigo Restaurant Group property sitting out a month-long lamb bonanza.

In partnership with the American Lamb Board, Oak Steakhouse, The Macintosh, The Cocktail Club and Indaco are putting sheep-based dishes on their menus, and providing tie-in recipe cards to interested patrons.

“Charleston is known for pork and seafood but we wanted to help these restaurants go on the lamb,” a press release quotes the American Lamb Board’s executive director as saying. Continue reading

Summerville to Officially Launch Sweet Tea Trail

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The Sweet Tea Trail, a promotional concept which grew from an 1890 receipt and a desire to drum up Summerville’s tourism economy, will officially open next month.

On Oct. 8, the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. will celebrate the trail’s launch at Hutchinson Square with a free event featuring tea-themed storytelling, tea tasting, tea trail ribbon-cutting and cornhole.

The chamber’s leadership class dreamed up the trail, which winds from Azalea Hall to the Plantation District, as a clever way of capitalizing on a nineteenth-century bill of sale showing Civil War veterans purchased 600 pounds of sugar and 880 gallons of tea for a reunion. Assuming the sugar wasn’t meant for the beans listed on the receipt, Summerville declared itself the birthplace of the iconic Southern beverage. Continue reading

Callie’s New RV Needs a Name

calliervHot on the wheels of Limehouse Produce’s photograph-our-truck promotion comes another contest involving an oversized vehicle, this one sponsored by Callie’s Biscuits.

In conjunction with the fall release of owner Carrie Morey’s book, Callie’s Biscuits and Southern Traditions: Heirloom Recipes From Our Family Kitchen, the bakery recently purchased a used Coachman RV. While the company’s taking care of the clean-up, it’s looking to customers to supply the perfect name for the promotional vehicle.

The person who provides the best name will receive four dozen biscuits, delivered by the RV. To enter, post your suggestion in the comments section of Callie’s Biscuits’ blog.